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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (September 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455616397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455616398
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,810,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This traditional Choctaw tale has been adapted by the talented singer/songwriter Johnette Downing. Her hilarious narrative of sly Possum's manipulative ways will have children grinning from ear to ear. From the moment the very hungry Deer spies fat Possum lolling about beneath a persimmon tree, Possum begins to plot. While Possum could certainly help out the starving Deer, he's just too lazy! Why not make Deer do all the work? Possum tricks Deer into getting the persimmons out of the tree and the experience marks both of them forever.
Told in rhythmic verse reminiscent of classic Bre'r Rabbit tales, the story is accompanied by clever illustrations that bring it vividly to life. Poor Deer and silly Possum will never be the same!

Johnette Downing is an award-winning, internationally recognized singer and songwriter. Her many accolades include six Parents' Choice Awards, four iParenting Media Awards, and four National Parenting Publication Awards. She wrote and illustrated There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Bugs, My Aunt Came Back from Louisiane, Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud, and Amazon Alphabet and is the author of Chef Creole, Down in Louisiana, Why the Oyster Has the Pearl, Today Is Monday in Louisiana, Today Is Monday in Texas, Today Is Monday in New York, and Today Is Monday in Kentucky. Downing lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Christina Wald specializes in illustration and toy, giftware, and product design. Wald graduated from the University of Cincinnati from the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, with a BS in industrial design. She is the illustrator of Pelican's Annie Jump Cannon, Astronomer. Wald lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

About the Author

Johnette Downing is an award-winning and internationally recognized singer and songwriter. Her many accolades include eight Parents’ Choice Awards, four iParenting Media Awards, and five National Parenting Publication Awards. She wrote and/or illustrated There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Bugs, Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud, How to Dress a Po’ Boy, Why the Oyster Has the Pearl, Why the Possum Has a Large Grin, Macarooned on a Dessert Island, The Fifolet, and other Pelican titles. Downing lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Christina Wald specializes in illustration and toy, giftware, and product design. Some of her clients include Scholastic and Hasbro, Inc. Wald graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning with a BS in industrial design. She is the illustrator of Pelican's Annie Jump Cannon, Astronomer and Why the Possum Has a Large Grin. Wald lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Possum is a trickster. He convinces a hungry deer to run into a tree so the persimmons will drop and they will enjoy a feast to satisfy their hunger. Deer receives two bumps on his head due to the encounter with the tree and possum just laughs and laughs as this occurs. His smile stays on his face. Deer's two bumps become the spots where his antlers grow.

This traditional Chocktaw tale will delight you and your child.
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Since our Farm & Business are called Possum Trot & we live on Possum Trot Road, which I named after 911 calling came into effect. I love to find anything about Possums. This book caught my eye in a review.
It is way too short but so cute! Of course I recommend it for the age group it relates too, and anyone who enjoys Possums!
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Dubbed the "Musical Ambassador to Children," Johnette Downing is a multi-award winning children's book author and musician who is dedicated to cultural exchanges, celebrating childhood and fostering literacy through her programs, music and books. Johnette has received twenty-one awards and has performed in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Central America, North America and the Caribbean. Author of thirteen picture books and ten children's CD, Johnette's presentations, music and books speak to a child's interests in an engaging, thought-provoking and culturally respectful way. Visit her web site for more information about her delightful programs, music, books as well as her tour dates and news at www.johnettedowning.com.

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