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Anansi Goes Fishing / Kimmel , Eric A.


This West African tale, which is also familiar in Caribbean culture, explains the origin of spider webs. At the beginning of the story, Anansi the spider wants to trick Turtle into catching fish for him. However, Turtle tricks Anansi into doing all the work and leaving Turtle with the job of “being tired.” Once the fish is caught and cooked, Turtle eats while Anansi “gets full.” When Anansi finally catches on to Turtle’s tricks, he seeks justice from Warthog. But Warthog finds the absurdity of Anansi’s scenario too ridiculous to believe. Stevens creates bright, colourful, humorous illustrations with what appears to be watercolour and acrylic paints. She uses a combination of spot, one-page, one-and-one-half page, and two-page illustrations, and places text within white space beside or under the illustrations. Children will especially enjoy the pictures of Turtle lounging in his sunglasses and Hawaii shirt on a lawn chair. The publisher assigns an interest level of ages four to eight for this book, and I think it could be read independently by a good grade 1 reader.


African folktales, Anansi

Reading Levels

Ages 6 - 8 / Grades 1 - 3

Publication History