Trickster Tales: Forty Stories from Around the World

Trickster Tales: Forty Stories from Around the World

by Josepha Sherman, David Boston
     
 

People of all ages love to watch the escapades of tricksters. In modern times, we watch Bugs Bunny, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote even Ace Ventura and Bart Simpson. But these contemporary characters have roots in antiquity. The trickster is a universal archetype, found in every culture: Anansi among the African people, Coyote in the American Southwest, Raven

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People of all ages love to watch the escapades of tricksters. In modern times, we watch Bugs Bunny, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote even Ace Ventura and Bart Simpson. But these contemporary characters have roots in antiquity. The trickster is a universal archetype, found in every culture: Anansi among the African people, Coyote in the American Southwest, Raven in the Pacific Northwest, Rabbit in the American South, the leprechaun in Ireland, Fox in South America.

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School Library Journal
Gr 6 UpThe trickster is a universal folklore archetype found in almost every culture, and Sherman takes readers on a whirlwind tour with these 40 tales. Globe-hopping, she visits Germany for the tale of "Tyl Eulenspiegel and the Wager," stops in India for "The Two Tricksters," and goes on to Hawaii for "The Snaring of the Sun." She also makes a short visit with Coyote in North America. Other tricksters included are the leshy, a supernatural creature from Eastern Europe/Russia; Anansi the Spider, from Ghana; and a very clever human, Pedro de Urdemalas, a character from Mexico. These stories are retold in a succinct two-to-three page format. Clear notes examine the folk motifs. Storytellers will be delighted to have this volume with its six-page bibliography at their finger tips.Lisa Von Drasek, Brooklyn Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874834505
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Series:
World Storytelling Series
Pages:
172
Sales rank:
761,018
Product dimensions:
8.67(w) x 11.13(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
9 - 18 Years

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