Don't Leave an Elephant to Go and Chase a Bird

James Berry

Published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1996
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Synopsis: A rhythmically told, brilliantly illustrated tale from the award-winning author of Ajeemah and His Son. When Anancy Spiderman calls a morning greeting to the Skygod, a corncob appears in his hand. Can Anancy turn the corncob into something even better? He embarks on a series of trades, but just when it looks as though Anancy is going home with a truly spectacular gift, his greed gets the better of him. Full color.

From School Library Journal: PreSchool-Grade 2?Berry retells a folktale that is well known in Ghana and in his native Jamaica. Unlike many of the stories about Anancy Spiderman, it has a moral (which is the book's title), and the protagonist, who usually wins, loses. When he unexpectedly receives a corncob from Skygod, Anancy conducts a series of cunning trades and ends up with a sack of flour. He meets a small herd of elephants and offers it to them. Knowing the spiderman's reputation, they try to outwit him, but he still wins the smallest elephant. However, it runs off when Anancy tries to catch a bird, and it, too, escapes, leaving the trickster with nothing at all. Berry uses Jamaican patterns of rhythm and speech to give the story freshness and energy. The repetition of certain phrases is especially good for reading aloud or telling. Anancy is interestingly pictured as a small, brown, spidery-looking man instead of the more typically realistic spider. Grifalconi's bold patterns and designs done in bright poster colors were inspired by African wood carvings and give the book a strikingly beautiful and distinctively African look. Art and text both offer an interesting contrast to other picture-book retellings such as Eric Kimmel's Anansi and the Talking Melon (Holiday 1994) and Gerald McDermott's classic Anansi the Spider (Holt, 1987).?Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT
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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Hardcover
Illustrator: Ann Grifalconi
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