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Text: English (translation)

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Navajo Coyote Tales During long winter nights Navajo families gathered around the fire in their hogans to be entertained by story-tellers. Children remained awake as long as possible to hear their elders relate the pranks and adventures of that eternal trickster, Coyote. These six delightful tales were collected directly from the Navajo by William Morgan and translated into English. Now children and adults alike can still be spellbound by Coyote as he encounters Rabbit, Fawn's Stars, Crow, Snake, Skunk Woman, and Horned Toad.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (January 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941270521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941270526
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tracy Robert on June 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
In many Native American groups, animals are personified in traditional tales, often playing consistant roles which reflect that animal's characteristics. Coyote is most often seen as a trickster who makes a fool of himself so that child listeners may learn the lesson. This book contains an introduction and six coyote tales. The illustrations are black pen and the stories retain an authentic tone. The text is perfect for second graders and would be a great series of school skits, with dialog and narration already in the text. Although this simple book does not use colored illustrations or a rewritten literary text, it does a great job of focusing on the cultural integrity of the stories and delivering them to an audience of 4-8 year olds.
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I owned this book as a child and recall them so vividly to this day to tell of Coyote's adventures. They're fun stories and I'm purchasing them for my nephew who is in the perfect age range for the book. Cheers!
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By David on November 21, 2010
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For native peoples, stories can be "telescoped", that is, shortened to say 4 minutes, for a child's attention span, or expanded to hours, with details to savor, for adults. This has been telescoped down. That's ok, given the audience. I watched the Coyote and Roadrunner cartoons as a kid. And that is one adaptation of Coyote stories, if a bit shallow. This is another adaptation. Coyote is in a way the eternal Id, similar in some ways to another Warner Brother's personification of the id: Daffy Duck. Stories have to touch emotional chords to survive. Stories are the software of a culture, perhaps its highest art forms. I used to see the Ramakrien danced, as a kid, overseas, one can see The Nutcracker danced at Christmastime, in the US in the same way. Coyote is Homer Simpson on steroids. He is a very entertaining teacher. Will Rogers used to say that some people learned by reading books, but not many; some by learning from the mistakes of others, but not many; and most people have to learn by peeing on the electric fence for themselves. In the stories, Coyote is the one with the electric fence, so to speak. Native American worldviews are radically different from White Man culture. Journey to the Ancestral Self: The Native Lifeway Guide to Living in Harmony With Earth Mother, Book 1 (Bk.1) gives some idea of what that life is like. Whispers of the Ancients: Native Tales for Teaching and Healing in Our Time gives some idea of the radically different use of story by indigenous cultures.Read more ›
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I purchased this book among several others from Amazon to give to my grandchildren (preschool and elementary school-aged) in hopes of instilling in them a curiosity about the Great Southwest and a knowledge about the Native Americans who live there, We read the book together and had a good time doing it, The text was just about the right level for their age groups, and they were able to comprehend the illustrations well. I was hoping for a book that could be read and enjoyed by us all, and I was not disappointed in that hope.
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