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 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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HOWARD NORMAN is a three-time winner of National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a winner of the Lannan Award for fiction. His novels The Northern Lights and The Bird Artist were both nominated for a National Book Award. He is also author of the novels The Museum Guard, The Haunting of L, What Is Left the Daughter, and Next Life Might Be Kinder. He divides his time between East Calais, Vermont, and Washington, DC.

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Grade 1 Up-Norman has gathered these seven Algonquian tales from Native storytellers in Manitoba, Canada, and rewritten them in the language of the storyteller, including the asides and animal voices that are an integral part of the oral tradition. Background and source notes are included. The Algonquian trickster usually takes the form of a man, but he has magical powers that he uses in several of the stories to change himself into animal form. His expert lying skills help him to outsmart other animals in order to catch them for dinner. He boasts that he can beat others at their own strengths (the stamina of the wolverine, the duck-catching skills of the fox, the loneliness of the hermit), and he thinks nothing of stealing or boldly demanding food from others. Each story teaches a lesson in humanity: kindness toward others, sharing with those less fortunate, helping someone in trouble, being truthful and honest. There is a subtlety to the humor of these selections and their morals that is not found in the hilarious adventures of the conniving B'rer Rabbit or the tales of lazy, often-outsmarted Anansi. Pohrt's watercolors, finely detailed in pen and ink, are painted in the colors of fall-teal, muted gray-green, bittersweet and warm shades of brown. Illustrations vary from full page to small vignette and two-page panoramic strip-all nicely placed on glossy white pages of larger-than-average type in poetic format. These are tales that must be read aloud. Young children who cannot grasp the subtlety in them will find humor in the conversation and the sound effects.
Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Book Description Gulliver Books, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Pohrt, Tom (illustrator). 1st Edition. 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, inarguably authentic collection. (Folklore. 8-12)--Copyright 1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. Book Description 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. Bookseller Inventory # 0003420

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