Iktomi and the Boulder: A Plains Indian Story

Iktomi and the Boulder: A Plains Indian Story

by Paul Goble
     
 

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Iktomi, a Plains Indian trickster, attempts to defeat a boulder with the assistance of some bats, in this story which explains why theGreat Plains are covered with small stones.

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Iktomi, a Plains Indian trickster, attempts to defeat a boulder with the assistance of some bats, in this story which explains why theGreat Plains are covered with small stones.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A mischief-maker from Plains Indians folklore practices Indian-giving and gets his comeuppance in grand fashion; PW said, ``With all the somber myths and legends around, Iktomi's tale will elicit guffaws, a reward this troublemaker justly deserves.'' Ages 3-7. (Aug.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 4 The vain Iktomi has overdressed for his journey. When he grows too warm, he offers his blanket as a gift to a boulder. But when it begins to rain, Iktomi pretends the gift was only a loan. While congratulating himself on his foresight to bring the blanket, the boulder comes to reclaim his gift. Iktomi tries to elude the boulder, but it pins his legs. As the moon rises, bats appear and Iktomi tricks them into attacking the boulder, which the bats break into small stones. This is why bats have flat faces and there are rocks scattered over the Great Plains. Goble has adapted his usually formal narrative style to suit this boisterous trickster tale. The type is large, and the narrative voice is informal, offering numerous asides from Iktomi and the storyteller. Goble's signature ink and vivid watercolor illustrations contain more movement than usual, and fewer stylized symbols are in evidence. A substantial forward gives background information on Indian trickster characters and on Iktomi in particular. A deft blending of text and illustration which will appeal to a wide audience. Karen K. Radtke, Milwaukee Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606049429
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
08/01/1991
Age Range:
6 - 7 Years

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