Why Epossumondas Has No Hair on His Tail

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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.

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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.

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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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