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Anansi Goes Fishing [School & Library Binding]

Eric A. Kimmel , Janet Stevens
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March 1 1992
Anansi the Spider tries to trick Turtle into fishing for his dinner.

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-- In a companion volume to Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock (Holiday, 1990), Kimmel and Stevens team up again to extend the humor of a trickster tale from Africa. Anansi joins Turtle on a fishing excursion, intending to con him out of all the fish. Anansi's stubborn selfishness proves to be his undoing day after day until, at last, he realizes the folly of his ways because he has been tricked into doing all the work and is still hungry. Kimmel has adapted Joyce Cooper Arkhurst's sparer version found in The Adventures of Spider , (Little, 1964; o.p.) transforming the fisherman into a turtle and judiciously exercising his storyteller's prerogative to add humorous details and lively dialogue that follows a repetitive pattern. Although the ending has been changed substantially from the original source, it is nonetheless satisfying and suits this variation of the tale. Stevens's watercolor illustrations feature bright colors and bold black outlines and range from broad humor to subtle slyness. She, too, has taken liberties in her interpretation by affording Turtle human trappings and consistently portraying Anansi as an unadorned spider. Together, the text and art combine in a fresh new version that is a fine choice for oral presentation or for independent reading. --Starr LaTronica, North Berkeley Library, CA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In what the author describes on the jacket as ``a variation of a [West African] tale found in Joyce Cooper Arkhurst's The Adventures of Spider,'' the spider trickster is roundly tricked by his friend Turtle. Turtle agrees to teach Anansi to fish, describing the first step, netmaking, as hard work they can share: ``One of us can work while the other gets tired.'' Lazy Anansi is quick to choose work, while Turtle lounges peacefully in the chair he has brought, ``getting very tired.'' So it goes until a fish is finally caught and consumed by Turtle: ``One of us should eat while the other gets full.'' Finally catching on, the hungry Anansi goes to Warthog for justice but gets no sympathy--his reputation is known, and his story, though true, is outrageously implausible. At least he's learned to weave a web. Kimmel's funny, accessible telling is nicely complemented in Stevens's art, depicting the lively events in bold lines and assertive colors and adding amusing details like Turtle's accumulating beach-style paraphernalia--including a loudly flowered shirt and a boombox. Sure to delight the picture book crowd. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Kids love tricksters! March 29 2000
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Anansi is lazy and he likes to play tricks! This time, turtle outsmarts Anansi. Anansi does all of the work while turtle gets tired. The kids in my class ask to listen to this book and the other Anansi tales, retold by Eric Kimmel, over and over again. This one takes a little bit more thinking to figure out what the tricks are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kids love tricksters! March 29 2000
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Anansi is lazy and he likes to play tricks! This time, turtle outsmarts Anansi. Anansi does all of the work while turtle gets tired. The kids in my class ask to listen to this book and the other Anansi tales, retold by Eric Kimmel, over and over again. This one takes a little bit more thinking to figure out what the tricks are.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! Jan. 26 2014
By C. Carbajal - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fantastic story. I own a ridiculous number of books, but this book was so wonderful I had to own it. My 8-year old thought it was hilarious.
4.0 out of 5 stars Anansi Goes Fishing Aug. 28 2013
By sandy - Published on Amazon.com
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We like all the Anasi books, They are cute, And I can tell you , You cannot find these books in the book stores , Or in school.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Story! April 20 2013
By Matt Causey - Published on Amazon.com
Anansi the spider is a favorite character of West african folktales. He is always trying to trick his friend turtle, but sometimes turtle tricks him instead!! In this story, Anansi tries to trick turtle into catching fish for him, but turtle is on to him and tricks Anansi instead!

I have the CD accompanyment, and the storytelling is very good, each character has a different voice, and there is a good moral at the end!! This story tells how spiders learned to spin webs!
4.0 out of 5 stars The trickster gets tricked! May 1 2010
By Ulyyf - Published on Amazon.com
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Anansi, lazy spider, plans to trick Turtle out of his fish.

Unfortunately, everybody knows what sort of a person Anansi is, and Turtle tricks him first. Well, truth be told, it's pretty funny to see how Anansi manages to outwit himself. Sure, Turtle facilitates it, but this is a prime example of how being lazy doesn't work if you don't also think. (And if you want to go deeper, the end of the story shows how if you constantly trick people, nobody believes you when you're the wronged party.)

Really funny book, and there's probably a moral in there somewhere.
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