Walking Along: Plains Indian Trickster Stories

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Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Trickster tales have existed in many cultures for centuries. Designed to teach implied morals, provoke discussion and entertain, the stories have been passed down through generations, evolving and taking on new meaning with each telling. This is a condensed and compiled collection of previously published individual stories. Iktomi (the Lakota name given to the Trickster) gives the bats their flattened faces, burns the tails of the prairie dogs, finds himself stuck in a hollow tree and a buffalo skull, is outsmarted by a berry bush and gets tricked himself by a coyote. A detailed author's note at the beginning gives the history behind the trickster tales and how they should be interpreted to be best understood. There is also some advice about how to read the stories, as they traditionally include audience participation. These cues as well as some character thoughts and asides are noted in the text by different colors of type. Goble's stylized and recognizable illustrations capture the essence of the natural environment while honoring the details of dress and habit of Native Americans, though there are a few odd instances of Iktomi wearing t-shirts, running shorts, and baseball caps that, while trying to impress the idea that Iktomi is timeless, felt a little off-balance. All in all this is a fine collection. Reviewer: Amy McMillan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984504152
  • Publisher: South Dakota State Historical Society
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Sales rank: 1,420,187
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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