Why Epossumondas Has No Hair on His Tail
Publication Date: September 2004
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Epossumondas has a very important question: "Mama, why don't I have hair on my tail?"
And wouldn't you know it, Mama can tell him exactly why possum tails are all pink and naked and funny looking. Her story's a doozy! It goes way back to Epossumondas's great-great-grandpa, Papapossum. When hungry Papapossum and his growly ol' stomach meet up with wily Hare, cranky Bear, and a persimmon tree . . . well, it's one hair-raisin' adventure!
Renowned storyteller Coleen Salley and Caldecott Honor illustrator Janet Stevens team up again, drawing on the Uncle Remus tradition and their own wild imaginations to expose a hilarious--and important!--moment in possum history.
COLEEN SALLEY was a professor of children's literature for thirty years and now travels widely as a professional storyteller. The acclaimed picture book Epossumondas is her variation on the traditional Southern tale Epaminondas, which has been her trademark story for decades. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
JANET STEVENS is the author-illustrator of many popular and award-winning books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Book Tops & Bottoms. She used her friend Coleen Salley as a character model in both Epossumondas stories and in the ABBY Honor Book To Market, To Market. Ms. Stevens lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Praise and honors for Epossumondas:
"A treasure."--The New York Times Book Review
[star]"Silliness to the hilt . . . Outrageous fun!"--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
[star]"Hilarious."--School Library Journal (starred review)
Bank Street College of Education Irma Simonton and James H. Black Honor
Book Sense 76 Pick
IRA-CBC Children's Choice
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award