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Tales of Tricksters: Books of Nine Lives
     

Tales of Tricksters: Books of Nine Lives

by Pleasant DeSpain
 
Trickster is a marvelous, mischievous, and energetic character found in various disguises in folktales from all around the world. Tricksters do things that are both foolish and wise, often at the same time. Best of all, a trickster's adventures can inspire us to use our own cleverness to outsmart the bullies of the world while creating some fun along the way. The nine

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Trickster is a marvelous, mischievous, and energetic character found in various disguises in folktales from all around the world. Tricksters do things that are both foolish and wise, often at the same time. Best of all, a trickster's adventures can inspire us to use our own cleverness to outsmart the bullies of the world while creating some fun along the way. The nine tricksters in this volume come from all points of the globe, including: Persia ("The Smuggler"), India ("The Alligator and the Jackal"), Poland ("The Court Jester"), and France ("Reynard and the Fisherman").

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
DeSpain repackages nine trickster tales taken from her Seattle Times column in the Seventies, republished in several sources and in print for over twenty years. Tricksters include Reynard the Fox from France, Nasrudin from Persia, three trickster animal tales from the United States, a jackal from India, and three from Europe. Honed through DeSpain's thirty years of storytelling, the tales are economically told and flow well. The selection is balanced, and source notes are given along with a numbered motif, which would have been helpful if DeSpain had told us what the motif was. As it is, you will have to consult her source to discover if you are right. But no matter—these stories are timeless and would make good, short read-alouds, great sources for storytellers and quick reads for elementary age students. This is volume one in the "Books of Nine Lives" series. 2001, August House, $3.99. Ages 6 to 10. Reviewer: Susan Hepler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874836448
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.59(h) x 0.26(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Pleasant DeSpain Bio: Pleasant DeSpain has a most unusual but true name and an equally unusual but true profession – writer and storyteller. He travels the world collecting, researching, writing and retelling traditional tales from native cultures. Born in Colorado, he wrote his first original story at age eight. It was published as “The Mystery Artist” in 1996. Pleasant taught speech-literature-drama for six years at three universities, and wrote-produced-hosted an award-winning TV show called “Pleasant Journeys” on KING TV, Seattle. Now, the author of eighteen award-winning, multicultural story collections and picture books, published by August House, has a home in Troy, NY and frequently travels to spend extended periods of time in Thailand. Pleasant continues to travel the world having amazing adventures. While living in Thailand he has continued to collect more stories and is working on a new book.

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