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ANANSI AND THE TALKING MELON by Eric A. Kimmel

ANANSI AND THE TALKING MELON

By Eric A. Kimmel (Adaptor) , Janet Stevens (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: March 15th, 1994
ISBN: 0-8234-1104-4
Publisher: Holiday House

 For the third time, Kimmel (Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock; Anansi Goes Fishing) lightly treads the path of the trickster spider. Anansi, who has bored his way into one of Elephant's melons, persuades Elephant that the melon can talk. As a result, Elephant makes a fool of himself in front of the king, and--in a bang-up ending--discovers that ``talking melons are nothing but trouble.'' These last words come from a banana (where Anansi is once again eating). Stevens's funny animals are delightfully expressive, while Anansi's spider-level perspectives provide generous close-ups of melons, a hippo, a warthog, et al. Good-spirited tomfoolery, with storytelling that reels along with the ease of a seasoned prankster. (Picture book. 4-8)