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Anansi the Spideris one of the great folk heroes of the world. He is a rogue, a mischief-maker, and a wise, lovable creature who triumphs over larger foes. In this traditional Ashanti tale, Anansi sets out on a long, difficult journey. Threatened by Fish and Falcon, he is saved from terrible fates by his sons. But which of his sons should Anansi reward? Calling upon Nyame, the God of All Things, Anansi solves his predicament in a touching and highly resourceful fashion. In adapting this popular folktale, Gerald McDermott merges the old with the new, combining bold, rich color with traditional African design motifs and authentic Ashanti language rhythms.
A young boy searches for his father, but before he can claim his heritage he must first prove his worthiness by passing through the four ceremonial chambers: the kiva of lions, the kiva of snakes, the kiva of bees, and the kiva of lightning. This book was the Caldecott Book Award Winner in 1975.
Coyote, who has a nose for trouble, insists that the crows teach him how to fly, but the experience ends in disaster for him.
[from inside front cover] "Poor Daniel O'Rourke! His trouble begins when he goes to a grand party at the great mansion on the hill. He stuffs himself with green cheese and goose liver and dances till he can dance no more. On the way home, Dan pauses to rest by the pooka's spirit's wall--little does he realize his peril! The fine summer night suddenly turns into a nightmare, as a rushing river sweeps Dan off into a series of bizarre adventures." This is a merry retelling of an old Irish folktale. It's enjoyable reading for St. Patrick's Day or for any time of the year.
But his music was a reminder, too, of the mischievous pranks Jabutí sometimes played. His song reminded Tapir of being tricked, Jaguar of being fooled, and time and again it reminded Vulture that he had no song at all. When a concert takes place in heaven, Vulture offers to fly Jabutí there . . . all the while plotting a trick of his own.
The mischievous parrot Papagayo spends his days playing in the jungle and disturbing the sleeping night creatures with his raucous cries. But when the ferocious moon-dog begins to devour the moon, only Papagayo knows how to save it. The night creatures learn that he's a good friend to have--even if he is a bit NOISY.
Raven, the Native American trickster, feels sorry for those who must live in darkness, and he decides to help. He flies over mountains, valleys, and lakes and discovers that light is being kept hidden inside the house of the Sky Chief. Using his cleverness, Raven finds a way to bring light to the world. "The physical environment, oral literature, and traditional life of the Pacific Coast Indians come alive in this amusing and well-conceived picture book. "--School Library Journal
Tim O'Toole and his wife, Kathleen are so poor they have not a penny or a potato between them. Even their mice are too skinny for the cat to chase. What Tim O'Toole needs is a job. But when he goes out to find one, he stumbles upon a troop of the little people--laughing, singing, and carrying on. And the little people provide Tim with something better than a job: a gray goose that lays golden eggs, and a linen tablecloth filled with food to last Tim and Kathleen for the rest of their lives. But when the evil McGoons trick poor, guileless Tim out of his fortune, he must team up with the little people once more to regain it. Spirited art by Caldecott winner Gerald McDermott amusingly illustrates Tim O'Toole's plight and his triumphant revenge on the McGoons.
From Caldecott Award-winning author-illustrator Gerald McDermott's collection of Trickster Tales comes the story of Zomo the rabbit. . . . He is not big. He is not strong. But he is "very clever!
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