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.