Iktomi and the Ducks: A Plains Indian Story

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Plains Indian trickster Iktomi ( Iktomi and the Boulder ; Iktomi and the Berries ) is back, starring in another hilarious tale about the consequences of greed and conceit. While searching for his horse, Iktomi spies some ducks and decides to make a meal of them. The silly birds fall for a typically outrageous Iktomi scheme, and are soon roasting on spits while the boy pats himself on the back. But self-congratulations prove premature: before Iktomi can enjoy his luscious dinner, a wily coyote tricks the trickster and gives him his just deserts. Goble again proves himself a master of sly humor (under Iktomi's gorgeously rendered native garb he sports an ``I'M SIOUX INDIAN AND PROUD OF IT'' T-shirt), and, as always, his paintings seem to glow. Iktomi legends, according to the author's prefatory note, are hundreds of years old. But in his braggadocio and resilience, he will be as familiar to modern children as a peek in a mirror. Ages 3-6. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
In this third picture book depicting further pranks of Iktomi, the trickster of Plains Indian legends, the hapless joker fools some ducks and is about to enjoy a duck dinner, when he in turn is outsmarted by a crafty coyote. Both the bright, watercolor illustrations and lively, conversational text show an irreverent sense of humor, which Goble explains in an author's note, is a traditional characteristic of the trickster tale which appears in various forms throughout Native American folklore. He also explains how the small print represents Iktomi's thoughts while the gray print presents opportunities for audience participation.
School Library Journal
In a retelling so vivid it demands to be read aloud, Goble offers another humorous story about the Plains Indian trickster, Iktomi. In this tale, Iktomi fools unfortunate ducks into becoming his meal, but is himself tricked by a coyote. As with the other Iktomi stories, the printed story is creatively designed on the page: bold-face lettering for the story line, gray italics for asides that can be read to the audience, and small type for droll comments to be read optionally to a large group. The effect in words and pictures is lively. Stylized illustrations make bold use of color and shape. Children will enjoy the trickster plot, but adults will appreciate the wry Goble touches, as on the title page where Iktomi says: ``There goes that white guy, Paul Goble, telling another story about me . . . My attorney will Sioux.'' --Lee Bock Pulaski, Brown County Public Libraries, Green Bay, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531058831
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1990
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.07 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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