Why Epossumondas Has No Hair on His Tail

Why Epossumondas Has No Hair on His Tail

By:  Coleen Salley

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.

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  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547773049

  • ISBN-10: 0547773048

  • Pages: 40

  • Price: $11.99

  • Publication Date: 09/01/2004

  • Age(s): 4,5,6,7

  • Grade(s): Pre-K-3

  • Reading Level:

    • Lexile Reading Level AD720L

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Author

Coleen Salley

Coleen Salley (1929-2008) was a renowned storyteller, a distinguished professor of children's literature, and the author of a number of beloved picture books. The classic Southern story of Epaminondas was her longtime trademark tale at storytelling performances nationwide. She adapted this story into the acclaimed picture book Epossumondas, followed by Why Epossumondas Has No Hair on His Tail, Epossumondas Saves the Day, and Epossumondas Plays Possum, all illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Janet Stevens. She was raised  in Baton Rouge and lived most of her adult life in New Orleans. She was a Professor Emeritus of the University of New Orleans. Visit her website at www.coleensalley.com.
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Janet Stevens

Janet Stevens is the author and illustrator of many beloved picture books, including Tops & Bottoms, a Caldecott Honor Book. With her sister and co-author, Susan Stevens Crummel, she created the acclaimed best-sellers The Great Fuzz Frenzy,Help Me, Mr. Mutt!, The Little Red Pen and more. She is also the illustrator of the Epossumondas books, written by renowned storyteller Coleen Salley. Janet Stevens lives in Colorado. Visit her online at janetstevens.com.
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  • reviews

    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

Available Resources

Related Categories

  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547773049

  • ISBN-10: 0547773048

  • Pages: 40

  • Price: $11.99

  • Publication Date: 09/01/2004

  • Age(s): 4,5,6,7

  • Grade(s): Pre-K-3

  • Reading Level:

    • Lexile Reading Level AD720L

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