Sister Tricksters: Rollicking Tales of Clever Females

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We are all very familiar with the classic male trickster characters such as Brer Rabbit, Anansi, and even Bugs Bunny. In this collection, Robert San Souci, the author of many award-winning retellings of legends and folktales for children, teams up with his brother, Daniel, to show us that the fairer sex can be just as clever and resourceful as their male counterparts.

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Overview

We are all very familiar with the classic male trickster characters such as Brer Rabbit, Anansi, and even Bugs Bunny. In this collection, Robert San Souci, the author of many award-winning retellings of legends and folktales for children, teams up with his brother, Daniel, to show us that the fairer sex can be just as clever and resourceful as their male counterparts.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
Most of us know Anansi, B'rer Rabbit, and other male tricksters, but where are the women? San Souci has found them in these eight rollicking tales of madcap, drawn from Anne Virginia Culbertson's collection At the Big House. Readers meet Molly Hare (sometimes called Molly Cottontail) as she tangles over and over with Slickery Fox (most notably at his staged funeral), but they also will enjoy hearing how Miss Goose convinced Mistuh Bear to sit on a pile of pumpkins (he thinks they are eggs), why grasshoppers are eaten by toads and roosters, and more. Told with a dry wit and a Southern tone, the stories beg to be read aloud and will be enjoyed by young and old. Daniel San Souci's richly colored illustrations at the beginning of each tale humorously hint at what is to come. They are repeated almost as thumbnails after the last story; children will use them as prompts for recalling the stories. The cream-colored endpapers have pencil sketches from the tales as well. This outstanding collection is a must purchase.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-These eight stories, featuring characters like Molly Cottontail, Miz Grasshopper, and Miz Goose, are energetically retold from Anne Virginia Culbertson's long out-of-print At the Big House (Bobbs-Merrill, 1904). The informative introduction states that the motivation for this book is to reintroduce female tricksters who are otherwise sparsely represented in folklore. An occasional pointed statement implies that females are more adept at thinking than males. Tales include an amusing story about Mistah Fox, who pretends to be dead; a humorous pourquoi tale that explains why roosters and toads eat grasshoppers; and a hilarious tale about Mistah Bear, who sits on a pile of pumpkins because Miz Goose convinces him that they are eggs that will hatch the family he so dearly wants. Delicious dialect and expressions convey a rural Southern flavor, yet the text is never hard to read or understand. In one story, Molly Cottontail responds to Mistah Fox, "I know I'm no more to look at these days than a lean crow with a graveyard cough." Stunning, richly colored, detailed, and playful paintings showing animals dressed in lavish finery introduce each lively tale. The illustrations and the large-print text stand out clearly on cream-colored backgrounds. This book warrants a place in all folklore collections.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Females, worthy foes of their male counterparts, are often absent from the body of trickster tales, but in this stellar collection, it's Molly Cottontail (aka Molly Hare) who takes center stage and matches wits with Mistah Slickry Sly-fox. Slickry's staged funeral and his plan to get even with Miz Molly are foiled when she arrives at the funeral and awakens him by throwing a pepper-laced bouquet of flowers on his corpse. Forced to sneeze, Slickry gives chase as Miz Molly is joined by Miz Grasshopper, Miz Duck and Miz Goose, and the rollicking fun takes off through the rest of the tales, eight in all. Full-page luminously colored illustrations introduce each tale as they foreshadow each story's action. The telling is styled in southern droll and perfect for adding to the storyteller's bag. The introduction summarizes the origin of the female trickster tale and helps to make this a first purchase for most libraries. (Folktales. 7-10, adult)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874837919
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/25/2006
  • Pages: 70
  • Sales rank: 1,445,590
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.11 (w) x 11.37 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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