From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-An interesting alternative for children who love horror stories. These 12 tales from the Northeast Woodland Native American nations are based on legends and mythical creatures from eight tribes. The authors use their own styles to tell about a wide variety of monsters while remaining as close as possible to the traditions of their ancestors. They have set the stories from "the very distant past to very recent times." Now as in the past, these legends offer entertainment and instruction. In many of them, bravery, clear thinking, and goodness allow the hero or heroine to overwhelm a monster and come to a happy ending. Several cautionary tales are also included, showing the end that can befall disobedient or willful youngsters who fail to mend their ways. Intriguing drawings help to bring the fearsome creatures to life. Each story is accompanied by a brief note of explanation and list of sources. A helpful pronunciation guide is appended. A good addition to any folktale collection, for both individual reading and storytelling sessions.Darcy Schild, Schwegler Elementary School, Lawrence, KS
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Gr. 3^-6, younger for reading aloud. Joseph Bruchac and son James have collected and retold 12 scary stories from northeast woodland Native Americans. Some are hero tales; others are cautionary stories, intended to make children behave and keep them from danger. Nine are traditional tales, but three are original stories that incorporate legendary monsters. Some might consider these contemporary pieces out of place, but the Bruchacs want people to realize that "these stories and the Native people who tell them have not vanished." Interesting cultural background and original sources are appended to each selection. An appendix provides definitions and pronunciations. The ink sketches fit the stories; their monsters may attract reluctant readers. A worthy addition to Native American folklore collections, this is also suitably frightening for fans of Schwartz's scary stories and San Souci's Short and Shivery
collections. Linda Perkins