Epossumondas Plays Possum by Coleen Salley

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Book Details:Format: Library BindingPublication Date: 10/19/2009Pages: 40Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
 

About Coleen Salley

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COLEEN SALLEY (1946-2008) was a renowned storyteller, a distinguished professor of children's literature, and the author of a number of beloved picture books. The classic Southern story of Epaminondas was her longtime trademark tale at storytelling performances nationwide. She adapted this story into the acclaimed picture book Epossumondas, followed by Why Epossumondas Has No Hair on His Tail, Epossumondas Saves the Day, and Epossumondas Plays Possum, all illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Janet Stevens. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Coleen Salley lived for many years in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Janet Stevens is the author and illustrator of many beloved picture books, including Tops & Bottoms, a Caldecott Honor Book. With her sister and co-author, Susan Stevens Crummel, she created the acclaimed best-sellers The Great Fuzz Frenzy, Help Me, Mr. Mutt!, The Little Red Pen and more. She is also the illustrator of the Epossumondas books, written by renowned storyteller Coleen Salley. Janet Stevens lives in Colorado. For more information, visit www.janetstevens.com.
 
Published October 19, 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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His encounters with Alligator, Raccoon, Nutria, and Armadillo will have kids giggling out loud as they foresee what comes next, especially with Mama’s final caution: “Be careful about stepping on those pies.” In “A Storyteller’s Note,” Salley (a professional storyteller) cites the origin and rewo...

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Stevens’s bright and whimsical illustrations, full of detail, feature a necktie-wearing bear (bee-pattern, of course), a rabbit in a carrot-festooned shirt, and the return of Epossumondas in his diaper, sitting on Salley’s lap as she tells this tale about tails.

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This high-spirited Louisiana version of the traditional folktale, “Sody Sallyraytus,” is great fun to read aloud.

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Each time he hears a scary snarl, hiss or snort, he plays possum and the swamp critters leave him alone because they “don’t eat no dead meat.” When the swamp buzzard snatches him up, though, Epossumondas squirms, and the bird promptly drops him saying, “I never, ever eat no live meat.” When Mama ...

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The diapered furry hero and his human mother are back to explain Why Epossumondas Has No Hair on His Tail by Colleen Salley, illus.

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Foolish Jack is cast here as a pampered, over-mothered Louisiana possum in a refreshingly retold version by New Orleans storyteller Salley (Who's That Trippin' over My Bridge?).

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In the late Salley's last picture book, the fourth to feature Epossumondas and his Mama, Mama warns the possum to steer clear of the swamp because the dreaded “loup-garou snatches [possums] right up with its big ugly claws!” But Epossumondas follows a butterfly into the eerie swamplands, where a ...

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