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First Palm Trees

by James Berry

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The illustrations in this book were wonderful and vibrant. I loved the color choices and the way the pictures fit together as a collection. They were mesmerizing.

The story was not at all what I expected. I have read about Anancy in a mythology book. He was said to be a shape-shifter and a trickster. In this book, he tried to trick the gods into making palm trees for the king and leaving the reward to him.

The gods agreed, but they all told him that they did not work alone and that their works helped others works work. The wording was a bit confusing, but not too much to get past. I did find it odd that all of the gods had the same response to him. That brought the entertainment level down a bit.

In the end, the king could not prove who brought the palm trees, so he rewarded everyone with a feast. Overall, I loved the detailed and colorful illustrations, but I did not care for the story or the fragmented sentence structure.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689810601, Library Binding)

Rhythmic language and stunning illustrations highlight this original Anancy Spiderman story The wily trickster Anancy Spiderman tries to bribe Sun, Water, Earth, and Air Spirits into creating the world's first palm trees so he can claim the king's reward. He promises to split the prize with the Spirits, offering each fantastic gifts for creating the trees independently. But the Spirits insist they need to work together. Reluctantly Anancy agrees to a partnership with all four Spirits, confident in his ability to trick them and collect the whole reward himself. However, the Spirits' philosophy of cooperation wins out. When the palm trees appear, they are everywhere; the king declares that since the trees are clearly meant for everyone, everyone should share his reward and he hosts a feast for all the villagers. Only later does Anancy get proper credit for helping to bring palm trees to the world.

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The West Indian trickster Anancy Spiderman tries to persuade Sun-Spirit, Water-Spirit, Earth-Spirit, and Air-Spirit to create the world's first palm trees so that he can collect a reward from the king.

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