Anansi the Spider is the master trickster, and his shenanigans are humorously presented in these fantastic narratives based on West African folktales. In Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock, the clever Anansi uses a magic rock he finds to pilfer food from his animal friends. What he doesn't realize is that the shy Little Bush Deer is observing his antics, and ultimately tricks the trickster! Rhythmic text helps build the suspense to a satisfying and delightful conclusion. After eating his way into Elephant's melon and getting stuck, Anansi decides his only way out is to trick his friends into believing that the melon can talk. Elephant is delighted to share his special melon with the other animals, especially King Monkey. When the melon insults the King, however, mayhem ensues, much to Anansi's glee. Snappy and fresh, this playful tale is a perfect listen.
©1988 Eric A. Kimmel; (P)1991 Live Oak Media