Anansi Goes Fishing by Eric A. KimmelAnansi Goes Fishing by Eric A. Kimmel

Anansi Goes Fishing

byEric A. KimmelIllustratorJanet Stevens

Paperback | January 1, 1992

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Anansi the Spider likes to eat fish but is much too lazy to catch one himself—so he decides to trick Turtle into catching one for him.

When Anansi asks Turtle to teach him how to catch fish, Anansi thinks tricking Turtle into doing all the work for him will be easy. But Turtle is not as easily fooled as Anansi thought. Young readers will light in Janet Steven’s bright and lively illustrations and laugh watching Anansi’s plan backfire.

Based on tales originating in West Africa and familiar in Caribbean culture, the five-book Anansi the Trickster series is full of slapstick humor and mischief. Eric A. Kimmel's imaginative energy combined with Janet Steven' expressive illustrations create the perfect silly stories for fun-loving kids.
Eric A. Kimmel, having loved traditional stories since he was a child, has written, retold, and adapted folktales and legends from around the world. Along with Anansi and the Talking Melon, Kimmel has written four other Anansi titles, including Anansi’s Party Time, which was awarded Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Book of the ...
Title:Anansi Goes FishingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.8 × 9.5 × 0.1 inPublished:January 1, 1992Publisher:Holiday House

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823410226

ISBN - 13:9780823410224

Appropriate for ages: 3


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anansi Goes Fishing Anansi is the spider trickster of some African folk tales, comparable to Brer Rabbit or Reynard the Fox. In this story, Anansi wants to get Turtle's fish, but is also very lazy. Turtle does get the better of Anansi, and from this adventure we come to understand how spiders learned to spin webs. With contemporary and colourful illustrations, this story really comes to life. Look for other Anansi stories from Kimmel and Gerald McDermott as well.
Date published: 1999-04-19

From Our Editors

Anansi the spider plans to trick Turtle into catching a fish for his dinner, but Turtle proves to be smarter and ends up with a free meal. Explains the origin of spider webs.

Editorial Reviews

“Sure to delight the picture book crowd.”—Kirkus Reviews