We find Anansi, the spider in the forest coming upon a moss-covered rock. A classic trickster folktale told with humor and charm, this is a perfect read along book both parents and children will love.When Anansi the Spider finds a strange moss-covered rock in the forest, he uses it to trick all his animal friends. By examining his character, we can explore several philosophical issues in … Anansi is a prankster towards his friends by using a "strangely moss-covered rock" as his trick. How many animals can Anansi trick? It's a corky, somewhat funny tale of how not to treat your friends. After several successful rounds with the rock, Anansi try's his last prank on an unsuspecting friend. He starts out at lion's house and decides he wants lion's yams. The Little Bush Deer watches Anansi trick all the large forest animals out of their food, and finally teaches Anansi the Spider a lesson.Series: Anansi the Trickster (Book 1 of 5):1. In this trickster tale, Anansi discovers a sneaky way to get some delicious food, as he is much too lazy to grow food himself. Hours later they awake dizzy, confused, no Anansi around, yet they stumble home only to find their food is gone. MOPs Puppet Show: Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock - YouTube These trickster tales originated in Ghana and are now popular worldwide. While Anansi is passed out, Little Bush Deer goes to Anansi's house with the other animals, and they all reclaim the food Anansi stole from them. Janet Stevens illustrations are very good, with the animals humanized at the point of walking in two legs, and many "modern" details in the illustrations. Finally, this book would be a great read aloud as kids would surely find the spider and his tricks to be funny. Although the African Access Review notes a brief historical blurb on the jacket of the book, my addition did not have it. he falls asleep...which gives him a cunning idea.Anansi has discovered a magic moss-covered rock and a clever trick. She uses it to put her friends to sleep to steal from them and then one of her friends is watching and decides to teach her a lessonThis book is one of my favorites. We find Anansi, the spider in the forest coming upon a moss-covered rock. Extremely enjoyable, especially listening to my husband read it :) Eric A. Kimmel's imaginative energy combined with Janet Stevens' expressive illustrations create the perfect silly stories for fun-loving kids.Let's Play in the Forest While the Wolf Is Not Around!Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes MountainsBorreguita and the Coyote: A Tale from Ayutla, MexicoBy accessing this site you agree to be bound by the “Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock” is an old African folktale retold by Eric A. Kimmel, along with illustrations by Janet Stevens. This book is about how Anansi the Spider tries to trick all the animals in the forest by showing them a mysterious rock. We do not know whether he earned the yams, or if his methods of acquiring food are unjust--I don't think we're supposed to ask. Consideration of Instructional Application:I would love to have this book (or any African folktale) on hand in my future classroom. I thought that the idea of using an unlikely substance such as the moss-covered rock to take advantage of people by knocking them unconscious was ingenious since we usually hear about how people would simply use magic spells to control people. Professional Recommendations #1Name of Reviewer: CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices, 1988)Name of Source: CLCDLink to Source: http://www.clcd.com.ezaccess.librarie... “A marvelously paced Anansi tale involves the West African spider trickster's success in fooling Lion, Elephant, Giraffe and Zebra, but not Little Bush Deer! Children will enjoy this reading if you emphasize your words while reading it out loud. Ages 4 to 11.” Response to Review: I agree with both reviews, especially that the book’s repetitive nature makes it a good choice to read with a younger set of students. Janet Stevens’ illustrations are done beautifully as she illustrates each animal with realistic features that they make the animals seem to come alive in this book. 3.5 - This was another audio we listened to in the car on the way back to the library yesterday.