If you enjoy trickster tales, then you will want to read Anansi and the Talking Melon. This is a cute story about a mischievous spider named Anansi who loves melons but is too lazy to grow his own. One day he drops into elephant’s melon patch and uses a thorn to poke a hole into a juicy melon. Anansi slips inside the melon and eats and eats until he is full. When Anansi tries to squeeze out, he discovers a big problem. He is too big and can’t get out. While trapped inside the melon he gets bored and decides to trick elephant into thinking the melon can talk. Elephant is so impressed with the talking melon he decides he must show the king. Along the way elephant meets up with various jungle animals who accompany him on his journey to show the king. Read this witty and wonderful West African folktale to find out what happens when Anansi finally meets the king. The simple plot and beautiful illustrations make this a great read aloud for early elementary children.
Eric Kimmel has other Anansi books, Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock , Anansi Goes Fishing, Anansi and the Magic Stick and Anansi’s Party Time. These books are also available from Williamsburg Regional Library.
Check the WRL catalog for Anansi and the Talking Melon.