Bish Denham's family has been in the Caribbean for over a hundred years. She was raised in the U. S. Virgin Islands and still has lots of family living there.
She says, "Growing up in the islands was like living inside a history book. Columbus named them, Sir Francis Drake sailed through the area, and Alexander Hamilton was raised on St. Croix. Pirates plied the waters and hundred of years of slavery left its indelible mark. It was within this atmosphere of magic and wonder that I grew up. My hope is pass some of that magic and wonder on to my readers."
How do you escape a hungry tiger? Why do ram-goats smell? What happens if you get too greedy? In this collection of ten retold Jamaican stories, Anansi the spider tricks, sings, and dances his way into and out of trouble. As a trickster, Anansi has both good and bad traits, which makes him very human and his stories teach lessons for all of us.