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First Palm Trees

James Berry

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ISBN 10: 0689810601 / ISBN 13: 9780689810602
Published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1997
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Title: First Palm Trees

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Publication Date: 1997

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st.

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Anancy Spiderman, the West Indian trickster, attempts to persuade the Sun-Spirit, Water-Spirit, Earth-Spirit, and Air-Spirit to create the world's first palm trees in order to collect a vast reward from the king.

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Grade 2-4?In this Anancy story from the West Indies, the king's priest has a vision of a new kind of tree, so the monarch offers a rich reward to whomever makes the dream come true. Determined to win, Anancy Spiderman strikes a bargain with Sun-Spirit, who says that they must take on a partner, Water-Spirit. Water-Spirit insists on working with Earth-Spirit, who must include Air-Spirit. Anancy agrees reluctantly, although not before he tries vainly to convince each spirit to work for him alone. After a long wait, the trees appear. Anancy, along with 30 other contestants, claims to have summoned them but instead of a single reward, the king offers a feast for all. While Berry's writing is melodious and rhythmic, and he employs effective repetitive patterns, the ending falls a little flat. So much is made of the partnership among the elements and Anancy that readers may feel let down at the end. Otherwise, the story reads aloud well, though it's too long for storytime. Couch's acrylic wash paintings are delightful. Anancy Spiderman is human but is lent spidery attributes: his own eyes plus glasses, sunglasses, and half-moon reading glasses suggest a spider's eight eyes while his arms, legs, and draped clothing, in constant motion, create the illusion of eight limbs. The sultry colors and the various textures of the paintings evoke the tropics, although some seem a little murky. Most Anansi stories focus on the African character, so it is good to have more books about the Caribbean Anancy.?Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
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