Rabbit Goes to Kansasby Deborah L. Duvall, Murv Jacob
Come along as Ji-Stu the rabbit and his friend Wildcat follow the North Star for days until they find a giant cottonwood tree. It stands atop a tall hill covered with sunflowers. According to an old story, this hilltop is home to a tribe of mysterious birds with shining red heads and brilliant blue bodies. Ji-Stu has seen two of their feathers, and he is willing to… See more details below
Come along as Ji-Stu the rabbit and his friend Wildcat follow the North Star for days until they find a giant cottonwood tree. It stands atop a tall hill covered with sunflowers. According to an old story, this hilltop is home to a tribe of mysterious birds with shining red heads and brilliant blue bodies. Ji-Stu has seen two of their feathers, and he is willing to travel as far as he must go to find more!
As they reach the top of Sunflower Hill, Ji-Stu and Wildcat are about to discover that these red and blue birds have much more to offer than beautiful feathers. They teach Ji-Stu an exciting new game that will make him famous back home in Indian Territory (Oklahoma), while Wildcat's own legend is only just beginning!
K-Gr 4- Jacob explains in an artist's note that he and Duvall are building "a new mythology for Kansas," one that incorporates some of the state's symbols. This quiet tale is about Ji-Stu the Rabbit, who journeys with Wildcat to find a particular type of bird that has red and blue feathers and lives under a cottonwood tree. They play ball with the birds for hours, sip gooseberry tea, and learn about their history. Richly colored and stylized acrylic paintings feature appealing clothed animal characters in landscapes that are both natural and impressionistic. One realistic picture shows sweeping hills with running buffalo, deer, and a soaring hawk, but another, more fanciful illustration depicts a rabbit walking alongside a river as he practices bouncing a ball. In one dramatic scene, a starry sky shows constellations, and in another, deep-blue-winged birds with red heads fly above a field of bright sunflowers. An unusual brown-orange landscape appears on the endpapers, and the images and text stand out cleanly on bright white paper. Duvall's quiet story, when combined with Jacob's arresting artwork, results in an attractive book; however, the text lacks the fluidity of Gayle Ross's exceptional storytelling in How Rabbit Tricked Otter (Parabola, 2003), which Jacob illustrated.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CACopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- University of New Mexico Press
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- 8.80(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 6 Years
Meet the Author
Deborah L. Duvall is an author of books and short stories on Cherokee history and tradition, a singer-songwriter, and a professional in financial management. She was born and continues to live in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, capital of the Cherokee Nation.
Murv Jacob, a descendant of Kentucky Cherokees, is an internationally known artist whose illustrations appear in over seventy book and video projects. He won the 2003 Oklahoma Book Award for Design and Illustration for his drawings in The Great Ball Game of the Birds and Animals.
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