Ring Of Tricksters

Ring Of Tricksters

Animal Tales From America, The West Indies, And Africa

Book - 1997
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Following the migration of stories during the Plantation Era, Newbery Medalist Virginia Hamilton presents a fascinating history of the first African Americans and the wonderful stories they brought with them to the West Indies and America. Full color.
Publisher: New York : 1997 Blue Sky Press
ISBN: 9780590473743
0590473743
Branch Call Number: JNF 398.2 HAM
Characteristics: 111 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Moser, Barry

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FindingJane Mar 20, 2016

These are old tales, some not readily recognizable but containing all the slyness, humor and spirit that you might expect from a book about changelings and deceivers.

The book is enlivened by realistic but slightly anthropomorphic illustrations of various creatures. Alligators look like gators, elephants look like elephants, squirrels like squirrels, etc. They occasionally sport odd little touches (like hats or fiddles) to make us remember these are stories about human quirks but they remain undeniably animal like in form.

There is the idea that all stories come from tricksters (one in particular—Anansi, who makes frequent appearances in this book). The suggestion that all stories are a form of trickery runs thickly throughout these pages. What are stories but a way to amuse, entertain and mislead our audience? They are meant to play on the emotions, illicit tears or laughter and, most importantly, win them to the side of the teller. These stories were meant originally to reveal foibles of neighbors, family and friends. They are humorous and pointed satire, educating others to the fools in their midst without naming names—much like Aesop’s fables were crafted to do.

This book takes us far from Aesop but reminds us that all stories about tricksters are the same…or are they?

Ha. Fooled you.

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awake88
Jul 03, 2009

It was good and i liked it

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