How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have?
And Other Tales
Author: Julius Lester
Illustrator: David Shannon
Grade Level Equivalent:
Guided Reading Level:
Fables, Folk Tales and Myths
Character Education, African, Jewish Experience
A collection of twelve ancient tales that touch on feelings common to people of every culture. Children will find out why the sun and moon live in the sky and why monkeys live in trees. But, no one ever finds out how many spots the leopard has.
Acts of vanity, trickery, quiet courage, and fraternal loyalty enrich this collection of African and Jewish folktales, retold by a master storyteller and illustrated with richly detailed paintings.
In 1971 Julius Lester joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, where he is presently a full professor in the Judaic and Near Eastern Studies Department and adjunct professor in the English and History departments. He also serves as lay religious leader of Beth-El Synagogue in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.