This is a refreshing retold version of the classic
Southern "noodlehead" tale, Epaminondas, written in Ms. Salley's
inimitable storytelling style. This familiar story takes on new
silliness as the improbable possum-child interacts with his human
mama and auntie, both of whom resemble Ms. Salley. Epossumondas
visits his auntie and each day she sends him home with something.
He carries home a piece of cake scrunched in his hands; Alligator
comments that it doesn't look much like cake. Mama tells Epossumondas
that he doesn't have the sense he was born with and instructs him
to carry the cake under his hat. When he gets some fresh butter
and puts that under his hat, the trouble (and fun) begins. The possum's
literal interpretations of Mama's advice will keep both children
and adults entertained. The book was beautifully illustrated by
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awards for Epposumnodas
Want to learn more about the how Coleen was inspired to write Epossumondas? Click here for an article appearing in Book Links, January 2010 issue, written by an old friend of Coleen’s Terrence Young.
The following pictures show Ms. Salley doing a storytelling
in New Hampshire in 1989.