First Palm Trees by James Berry

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A thought-provoking, original Anancy Spiderman story by a master storyteller and a gifted artist. Anancy is determined to win the king's reward for creating the world's first palm trees. He separately tries to bribe the Spirits into creating the trees and splitting the reward with him alone. But each Spirit insists it needs the help of the others in this tale of cooperation. Full color. 40 pp. Ages 5 and up. Pub: 12/97.

About James Berry

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Berry received the Order of the British Empire for his contributions to poetry. The late Jo Berry was a popular speaker and seminar leader. Her books include How to Live with an Unbeliever, Making Your Life a Ministry, and Managing Your Life and Time.
Published January 1, 1997 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Sun-Spirit is succinct: ``My work makes other works work.

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By the time the palm trees appear, Anancy's role has withered to ""the fifth partner""--""the caller-to-work."" Berry's lyrical characterization of the four spirits (e.g., Air-Spirit is ""an upright flappy pool of wind...

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