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Title:
Anansi and the magic stick
Author:
Kimmel, Eric A.
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Publication Information:
[Pine Plains, NY] : Live Oak Media, [2003]

â„—2003
Physical Description:
1 audiocassette : analog + 1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Anansi the Spider steals Hyena's magic stick so he won't have to do the chores, but when the stick's magic won't stop, he gets more than he bargained for.
General Note:
Accompanying book illustrated by Janet Stevens and published by Holiday House, c2001.

Same story on each side of cassette. Side 1 includes page turn signals, side 2 does not.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 170 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 53902.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.5 2 Quiz: 26466 Guided reading level: L.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781591124818

9780823417636
Format :
Sound Cassette

Sound Recording

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Summary

The magic trickster, Anansi the spider, is back! As usual, Anansi would rather loaf than work, so he steals Hyena's magic stick to do all of his chores. Then the trickster falls asleep, and when he wakes up, he can't remember the magic words that will stop the stick. Fortunately, Hyena saves the day, but once again Anansi doesn't learn his lesson and the story ends as he is "planning new tricks, which is just what Anansi does best." This fable, like Kimmel and Stevens' other Anansi stories, offers elements both traditional and surprising, and is full of the energy and slapstick fun that make their tales so enjoyable.


Summary

It's a fine bright day, and all the animals are working--all except Anansi, that is! He's sleeping, as usual. Warthog, Lion, and Zebra laugh so hard at his messy house that they wake him up. Anansi stomps off in a huff--right into an amazing secret! Hyena has a magic stick that follows his orders. If Anansi steals the stick, he'll never have to work again, and his home will be the neatest one in town. Is the magic stick his secret for success? Or the beginning of disasters he can't even imagine?


Author Notes

Eric Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Lafayette College. He also has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois.

He was an elementary school teacher and college professor before becoming a full-time writer. He has published over fifty titles, many of which have won state and national awards. His titles "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" won the Caldecott Honor Medal, "The Chanukkah Guest" and "Gershon's Monster" won the Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award and "Anansi and the Talking Melon" won the Utah Children's Choice Award.

Kimmel travels nationally and internationally visiting schools and talking about his books and telling stories.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Eric A. Kimmel, has written, retold, and adapted a number of stories from around the world, including two other Anansi titles, Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock and Anansi Goes Fishing. The Anansi tales are originally from West Africa but are also familiar in Caribbean culture, where Anansi is a beloved folklore character. Professor of Education at Portland State University, Dr. Kimmel and his wife, Doris, live in Portland, Oregon.

Janet Stevens's books have won many awards, including a Caldecott Honor. Her books have been named American Library Association Notable Books. She is the illustrator of the popular Anansi books written by Eric A. Kimmel. Janet lives in Boulder, Colorado.


Reviews 6

Booklist Review

Ages 3-7. Part trickster tale, part sorcerer's apprentice story, this picture book about Anansi the Spider is loosely based on the West African story "The Magic Hoe." Anansi steals a magic stick that obeys the spider's orders to clear up the yard, paint his house, and water his garden. Unfortunately, Anansi forgets how to stop the stick, the magic gets out of control, and the world is transformed. It's a long way from the original tale, but Kimmel tells it with cheerful energy, and Stevens' chaotic mixed-media illustrations, with lots of bright pink and green, show Anansi's friends and neighbors--warthog, lion, hyena, zebra, and, in one picture, Kimmel and Stevens--caught up in the mess. The slapstick of the trickster out-tricked is a lot of fun, and preschoolers will want to join in the rhythmic chant, "Hocus pocus, Magic Stick . . . ." --Hazel Rochman


Publisher's Weekly Review

In Anansi and the Magic Stick by Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Janet Stevens, the arachnid goes too far. Anansi steals the napping Hyena's magic housekeeping stick to water his garden. Unattended, the water floods the town. Stevens's comic creatures with their surprised expressions add kid appeal. ( Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-That mischievous spider Anansi is up to his old tricks in this story by Eric A. Kimmel. When the lazy Anansi discovers that Hyena's trick to keeping his home so spotless without any work is a magic stick, Anansi steals the stick with disastrous results. He begins by having the magic stick clean his yard while ignoring the fact that all of his trash is being blown into Lion's yard. Then, while having the magic stick paint his house, the stick paints Zebra pink, and dumps all of the weeds from Anansi's yard into Warthog's tomato patch. Finally, when a flood ensues as a result of Anansi's command for the stick to water his garden while he napped, Hyena takes the magic stick back, ending Anansi's bout of trickery. Narrator Jerry Terheyden accurately captures the essence of each of the animals in Janet Stevens's illustrations. Whether it is with the braying voice of Zebra, the snorting of Warthog, the pride of Lion, the slyness of Hyena, or the tiny timid voice of Anansi, Terheyden's narration makes the characters come alive. A truly delightful addition to any collection.-Veronica Schwartz, Des Plaines Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Ages 3-7. Part trickster tale, part sorcerer's apprentice story, this picture book about Anansi the Spider is loosely based on the West African story "The Magic Hoe." Anansi steals a magic stick that obeys the spider's orders to clear up the yard, paint his house, and water his garden. Unfortunately, Anansi forgets how to stop the stick, the magic gets out of control, and the world is transformed. It's a long way from the original tale, but Kimmel tells it with cheerful energy, and Stevens' chaotic mixed-media illustrations, with lots of bright pink and green, show Anansi's friends and neighbors--warthog, lion, hyena, zebra, and, in one picture, Kimmel and Stevens--caught up in the mess. The slapstick of the trickster out-tricked is a lot of fun, and preschoolers will want to join in the rhythmic chant, "Hocus pocus, Magic Stick . . . ." --Hazel Rochman


Publisher's Weekly Review

In Anansi and the Magic Stick by Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Janet Stevens, the arachnid goes too far. Anansi steals the napping Hyena's magic housekeeping stick to water his garden. Unattended, the water floods the town. Stevens's comic creatures with their surprised expressions add kid appeal. ( Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-That mischievous spider Anansi is up to his old tricks in this story by Eric A. Kimmel. When the lazy Anansi discovers that Hyena's trick to keeping his home so spotless without any work is a magic stick, Anansi steals the stick with disastrous results. He begins by having the magic stick clean his yard while ignoring the fact that all of his trash is being blown into Lion's yard. Then, while having the magic stick paint his house, the stick paints Zebra pink, and dumps all of the weeds from Anansi's yard into Warthog's tomato patch. Finally, when a flood ensues as a result of Anansi's command for the stick to water his garden while he napped, Hyena takes the magic stick back, ending Anansi's bout of trickery. Narrator Jerry Terheyden accurately captures the essence of each of the animals in Janet Stevens's illustrations. Whether it is with the braying voice of Zebra, the snorting of Warthog, the pride of Lion, the slyness of Hyena, or the tiny timid voice of Anansi, Terheyden's narration makes the characters come alive. A truly delightful addition to any collection.-Veronica Schwartz, Des Plaines Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.