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Don't Leave an Elephant to Go and Chase a Bird

by James Berry, Ann Grifalconi (Illustrator)

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There are two reasons why I like this book. First, the illustrations were very unique. Because this book is about a Ghanaian folklore, the images are not the typical types of illustrations one would see reading American books. Through this book, the readers could definitely sense the cultural difference.

Second, I liked the language used in this book. Throughout the story, the author repeats words like, "I promise, I promise" and "quick quick." The repetition, I believe can help the reading seem more fun to read, since it is not usual to have words repeated in a sentence. Also, during circle time in a classroom, repeated words can give the students the opportunity to say it out loud themselves as the teacher reads.

The purpose of this book is to inform children of folklore in different countries. Knowing the various folklore in the US is one thing, but being able to learn about other countries' folklore can give children a better awareness of the different cultures. Also, if a child has heard of the saying, "don't leave an elephant to go and chase a bird" they can read about the origin of it. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689804644, Hardcover)

A rhythmically told, brilliantly illustrated tale from the award-winning author of Ajeemah and His Son. When Anancy Spiderman calls a morning greeting to the Skygod, a corncob appears in his hand. Can Anancy turn the corncob into something even better? He embarks on a series of trades, but just when it looks as though Anancy is going home with a truly spectacular gift, his greed gets the better of him. Full color.

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Anancy Spiderman trades various items with the people he encounters, until he himself is distracted by a bird and ends up empty-handed.

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