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Two Bad Boys: A Very Old Cherokee Tale

Haley, Gail E.

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ISBN 10: 0525453113 / ISBN 13: 9780525453116
Published by Dutton, New York, 1996
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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A Very Good copy in laminated pictorial paper-covered boards, in an attractive Good dust jacket with light edge-wear, and a sticker shadow at the lower spine. The black front endpaper has a vertical crease. The binding is sound and the contents are clean. Signed by Caldecott and Kate Greenaway Award-winning illustrator Gail E. Haley at the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 028422

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Title: Two Bad Boys: A Very Old Cherokee Tale

Publisher: Dutton, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Gail E. Haley

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition (first printing)

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When Boy, a lonely child, comes across a child in the wood who calls himself Wild Boy and who tells him that he is Boy's long-lost brother, Boy brings him home where, soon after, Boy's parents discover that Wild Boy is uncontrollable and a very bad influence on their son.

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Grade 3-6?In the Cherokee version of Eden, First Hunter, Corn Mother, and their son enjoy foodwithout working for it. Boy is lonely, and one day sees another child beneath the surface of the river looking up at him. Each morning, Wild Boy comes out of the river to play; eventually Boy's parents capture him and take him home. They cannot tame him, however. The youngsters' mischief escalates until they discover the sources of their family's meat and corn and cause them to vanish. The boys feel hunger, their parents depart, and their willful independence compels them?and all their descendants?to work for their food. Like Genesis, this tale acknowledges the punishing aspect of labor, the human tendency to curiosity and meddling, and the adolescent desire for self-sufficiency. Here, however, the ungovernable impulse to follow one's own will is recognized as a wild, undomesticated side of the self: Freud's id anticipated. Haley's illustrations, each bordered by a narrow geometric band, depict the figures with strongly modeled forms. Despite the stylized treatment of certain animals and plants, the overall effect is realistic. The Cherokee have appropriately ethnic features, and the few objects (baskets, tools, ornaments) around them convey a sense of their culture. Against a golden background, touches of teal and green stand out. The presentation is culturally specific, but the story's themes have a universal and timeless resonance.?Patricia (Dooley) Lothrop Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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