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Trickster and the Fainting Birds

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With spare grace and lively wit, acclaimed author Howard Norman chronicles the hilarious antics of a provocative troublemaker. Whether cheating in a sleepwalking contest, teaching the shut-eye dance to ducks, or halting a wedding by transforming the groom into a kingfisher, Trickster sets the world askew. Like trickster figures the world round, this Algonquian mischief-maker prods our imagination and makes us laugh deep in our hearts. In forty-two luminescent, richly detailed paintings, Tom Pohrt follows ...

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Pohrt, Tom 1999 Hard cover Illustrated. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 96 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: Children/juvenile. From Kirkus Reviews: Norman (The Girl Who ... Dreamed Only Geese, 1997) presents seven trickster tales collected from living Algonquian storytellers, collated from multiple versions and backed up by specific source notes. That said, the scholarship is unobtrusive, and readers will have no trouble following Trickster from one pickle to the next. They may be puzzled at timesin the first story a meeting with a man/bear-hermit persuades Trickster, for some reason, to stop boasting that he's ``best at being alone''but they'll also laugh when Fox is bamboozled out of all but the feet of a brace of ducks, or when Trickster is tricked out in a coat of moldy fish heads in one tale, and a weasel's tail in another. The lines of text are varied in length to evoke the cadences of live telling, and Pohrt's human and animal figures are depicted with expressive, fine-lined realism. An inviting, Read more Show Less

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Overview

With spare grace and lively wit, acclaimed author Howard Norman chronicles the hilarious antics of a provocative troublemaker. Whether cheating in a sleepwalking contest, teaching the shut-eye dance to ducks, or halting a wedding by transforming the groom into a kingfisher, Trickster sets the world askew. Like trickster figures the world round, this Algonquian mischief-maker prods our imagination and makes us laugh deep in our hearts. In forty-two luminescent, richly detailed paintings, Tom Pohrt follows Trickster’s trail—across frozen lakes and thawing marshes—on a journey that carries us from trouble, to laughter, and, finally, to wisdom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152008888
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/20/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.82 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Two of Howard Norman ’s novels, The Northern Lights (1987) and The Bird Artist (1994), were nominated for the National Book Award. His other novels include The Museum Guard, The Haunting of L, Devotion, and What is Left the Daughter. His books have been translated into twelve languages. Norman is the recipient of a Lannan Award in fiction, and he teaches at the University of Maryland.

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