Friday, June 29, 2007

Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories by Geoffrey Phillip

Summer is HERE! A new book to read to your young child or for your pre-teen is "Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories" by Geoffrey Philip. From the backcover:
"Jimmy Harrison loves school and his favorite subject is snack time! But when a new boy, Kevin, joins his class, he begins to bully Jimmy and the rest of the children. What's worse, he begins to take away Jimmy's snacks. Using the wisdom from his Grandpa Sydney's story about "Anancy, Snake, and Tiger," Jimmy overcomes the class bully. And for one Sundy, he reunites his family for dinner."
I personally enjoyed reading about Jimmy's family. I love that he lives in a home with his parents and Grandpa and that you get to meet the regular folks in the neighborhood. You can tell there's love and a common direction in the family. Kids reading this book will really enjoy rooting for Jimmy as he strategizes how to deal with the school bully, who you will want to punch out yourself! Geoffrey Philips does a great job of pacing the book over the seven chapters and unfolding the school yard drama.

Geoffrey Philip is a novelist and poet. With Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories, Geoffrey shares his beloved Jamaican and Caribbean storytelling traditions. For those who are interested in how one decides to write a book or goes about creating their first children's book, read Geoffrey's blog post on what he learned while writing this book.

Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories - Five out of five stars! You can purchase the book on You can also purchase the 60 page book on for $12.95 - OR - you can even download the book for only $6.95. Great value. For teachers, kid's book clubs, or homeschool teaching Moms, you'll appreciate that Geoffrey includes book discussion questions and critical thinking questions to tease out book themes for you. Enjoy!

1 comment: said...

Thanks,Kyra. And without your help, the book wouldn't have been as good as it is.