Folktale (fiction), 1,058 words, Level O (Grade 2), Lexile 600L
Anansi is a clever spider who often tricks his friends with his clever tongue. In this retelling, while Anansi is trapped inside a watermelon, he tricks Possum into believing that the watermelon can talk. Possum proceeds to bring the watermelon to King Bear, who is outraged and throws the fruit, which frees Anansi when it lands and cracks open. Illustrations support the text.
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