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Why Epossumondas Has No Hair on His Tail Hardcover – September 1, 2004

4.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Epossumondas Series

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Kindergarten-Grade 3–In this sequel to Epossumondas (Harcourt, 2002), Papapossum's yearning for Bear's persimmons cost him and all future opossums their once-fluffy tails. Salley has a true storyteller's voice, peppering the text with colorful descriptions and amusing expressions that give the tale an authentic folktale feel. Stevens's large, brightly hued mixed-media illustrations add greatly to the fun, particularly when Papapossum is finding creative uses for his now elongated and naked tail. Scenes with "that sweet little patootie," Epossumondas, comfortably ensconced on his Mama's lap lend an air of coziness to the story. This will be a surefire hit when shared with a group or one-on-one.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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PreS-Gr. 2. They're baaaaack--that silly, diapered Epossumondas and Mama in her flowered dress and yellow hat (Stevens' affectionate visual tribute to well-known storyteller Salley). This time Epossumondas is thinking about tails: skunks have black-and-white ones; foxes have bushy, red ones; and hares have powder-puff ones. But Epossumondas' tail is long, naked, and pink. How come? Mama tells him a story. A long time ago, great-great-grandpa Papapossum had a fluffy tail. One day hungry Papapossum meets Hare, who convinces him to climb Bear's persimmon tree and throw down some of the persimmons. But when Papapossum gobbles up more than he throws down, Hare gets angry and tells Bear, who chases Papapossum and catches him in a tail tug-of-war. And since then "no possum has ever had hair on his tail." Stevens' signature mixed-media illustrations humorously concoct the delightful fun with such clever touches as Papapossum's persimmon-patterned shirt. This laughable stretch of the imagination, a tale about a tail by a natural-born storyteller, may be even more entertaining than the rollicking Epossumondas (2002). Julie Cummins
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152049355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152049355
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on September 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Epossumondas is a baby possom whom lives with his "mama". His mama happens to be a sweet old lady! One day Epossumondas is in the yard and he sees his frind Skumk. He notices how Skunk has a big thik fur covered black and white tail. They he starts to thik about all types of animal tails. He asks his mother why he doesn't have any fur on his tail. His mother tells him a story that you will just have to read about to believe.

The best part of the book was the colorful illustrations. The possom wearing a diaper was really funny and cute. The "mama" to the possom is wearing bright colorful clothing nd a funny hat. Children will have lots to look at while someone reads them this book.

This would make a great read aloud during an aniaml unit. It will open the floor for discussions on the various type of animals in the world. Teachers could use this to get students to like of animals and all the ways the are alike and maybe even the same in lots of ways.
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Young Epossumondas isn't like many other opossums his age. For he lives with his so-called mama, who is a human, not an opossum like himself. And he doesn't live in a tree, but rather in a big, comfy couch. One day, little Epossumondas is sitting on the porch when Skunk goes by. Epossumondas notices Skunk's gorgeous, furry, black and white tail, and is immediately intrigued. Soon he is thinking about everyone's tail, including the tails of fox, and rabbit. Then he looks at his own tail. It's not fluffy, or bushy, or even powder-puffy. It's just pink and naked. So Epossumondas asks his mama, and she explains the story of Papapossum, and how opossums everywhere have tails just like his own, thanks to what Papapossum did years ago when he was trying to soothe his growling tummy.

Coleen Salley has created an absolutely adorable new children's book that will be loved by all. Epossumondas is a cute character, who is inquisitive, and intelligent, and mama is a caring, sweet old lady, who loves to tell him stories. Salley's story revolving around Papapossum is well-done, and will captivate young children. While Janet Stevens' amazing illustrations will keep their attention for hours after the book is read and finished. A wonderful new fiction book for children that will be loved by even adults.

Erika Sorocco

Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
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This is one of the best series of children's books ever. As an early childhood educator this takes the cake:) Many lessons are taught here thorugh fun filled adventures....Add accents and props you have the best lesson plan and story telling time ever!! A true hit...Coleen Sally will always be remembered for her "flavorful tails";)
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This is a story about a very homely possum, just a big fat baby. His mama is a little old woman. This may seem impossible but aren't we pet owners "mama" or "daddy" to our cats and dogs too? Epossumondas is a very happy very loved fella who goes through life in his own little world. Until one day it dawns on him that his long hairless tail is less than beautiful. He goes to his mama with the question, knowing that she can tell him the answer.

And so begins her story off how the possum's tail became hairless. It all began with a possum named papapossum who had a very beautiful white fluffy tail, not unlike a bunny's cottontail. Well, hopping along one day with a very grumbly hungry tummy, he met up with Hare, the jackrabbit, who had a very hungry tummy too. This gave Hare a brilliant idea of having Papapossum do the dirty work of climbing a persimmon tree and knocking down the very sweet persimmons. This is called stealing for those of you who didn't know. Just like kids sneaking into an apple orchard and stuffing themselves with the farmers apples.

Well, Papapossum decided that this was a good idea so he climbed up into the persimmon tree which was owned by Bear. The deal was that Papapossum would knock down the persimmons to Hare who was waiting on the ground for them. But Papapossum got to eating and singing and only knocked down one and then after eating five more, knocked down another one. This enraged Hare who screamed at the possum that this wasn't their deal at all. But Papapossum was so busy singing and eating that he paid no attention to Hare.

Hare had revenge in his heart and went off down the road, running into Bear, who he told that someone was eating his persimmons. Off went bear to catch the thief.
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My preschool students were delighted with this "tail" we read it weekly The phrases about the persimmon s repeated often enough that they memorized them and would "read" along. The illustrations are so amazing, it isn't often you see a bear wearing shoes and the possums mamma is actually a perfect rendition of the author.
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I have purchased all 4 of the Epossumundous books. They are great and a wonderful book to read outloud. I am a retired teacher but never heard of these books while I was teaching. I was introduced to these books by another retired teacher who was reading the book to her grandson's class while I was there subbing in the classroom. I bought the books and have read them to my grandson's kindergarten class last year and this year to his 1st grade class. You know great books when the students remember me reading the book to them eventhough it had been a year ago.
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