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Kokopelli's Flute Paperback – July 1, 2005
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Will Hobbs does a great job of introducing us to the legendary Kokopelli, the modern Kokopelli, and the power that K represents, while also providing a Four Corners travel guide, and an introduction to ancient southwest culture. This is an honest book, and an exciting book, and it treats its characters, and the reader, fairly. A well recommended change of pace from standard current fantasy/adventure series.
The superstitious pothunters are easily driven away. After an owl hoot, Tep lit a tumbleweed and dropped it over the cliff, causing it to burn away in the air sending them running. When he took a closer look at the dig, he found a basket containing ancient medicine and an eagle bone flute. Though he knew better, Tep put the flute to his lips and blew one magical note. He laughed, watching a wood rat coming to hear the music. The next morning the famous Mr. K, a secret botanist, sent another package containing once again beans for the seed farm. Among the package of beans were also strange types of gourd that will become life saving in the future. After a hard day's work planting the seeds, Tep goes back to his room to bed and watches his pet opossum come through a hole in the roof. As the sun goes down Tep feels funny, looks at his hands and comprehends he has turned into a wood rat. Remembering that Wood rats are an opossum's main diet, Tep was almost eaten by his pet. Tep's inquisitive single note on the eagle bone flute had turned him into the rat by night.
An epidemic virus that is carried by pack rats and crossed transmitted to humans who die from the virus is sweeping the desert. The only cure for the virus is the medicine Tep found in the ancient basket. Tep, being a wood rat in size, is unable to retrieve the medicine. Taking the flute from the basket in desperation, Tep breaks the code with three blows on the flute and returns to human form. This allows him to carry the medicine back and save the day.
Kokopelli's Flute, named for the one Tep found in the basket, is a twisted story of heroism. I found the story enchantingly good. I recommend this book.
First of all, there's the idyllic (to me) setting: the Seed Farm in the New Mexico section of the Four Corners, within walking distance of an ancient cliff dwelling. I immediately put myself in Tep's shoes as he and his dog Dusty (the best canine companion a child could ever have) would walk there to explore.
[My copy obtained through membership in Paperback Swap.]
I also learned a lot about dry farming and the rare seed business. Another fact of life-- pot hunters who destroy ancient sites for the artifacts that they can sell-- provides some excellent suspense and action sequences at the beginning and end of the book.
There's some magic in this book that calls for a reader's willing suspension of disbelief, and although I didn't really buy into Tep's changing into an animal every night, I did enjoy those sections-- especially when Tep stopped panicking and started using his head.
Kokopelli's Flute starts out rather slowly but builds momentum to a satisfying conclusion. Tep is a good-hearted, smart boy, and at that age, I would've been his friend in a heartbeat. Part of me does wonder at how much children in the proper age range would actually enjoy this book. Something tells me the "city slickers" might find it boring, and that would be a shame.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book, it was enthralling especially for me after going and seeing some Indian art featuring kokopelli. Read morePublished 12 months ago by P Landgren
Great book. It is in my battle of the books list. It is a book about friendship and bravery and facing your fearsPublished on February 27, 2014 by Kendall Sargent
(Review from a 3rd grader) I don't necessarily recommend this book to girls or boys but I do recommend it to people who like the exciting part at the end not the beginning. Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by ANT
This author is the best. His stories for boys are exciting and will keep them interested. He particularlly gives a good account of the history of a place and it's people.Published on October 13, 2013 by M. Foley
It could have been more interesting and detailed but great. I loved the details it had though. Just mare next timePublished on September 2, 2013 by Iyanna Ray
I have been intrigued with Kokopelli for a long time and knew there was a story behind his magic flute so was glad to find a novel on it. Was interesting and entertaining.
I thought it was really good. It was interesting, fun and EXCITING! Are you ready for Native Americans, pothunters, and packrats? If so, I recommend this book. Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Anne K
By Evelyn, age 9
Kokopelli's Flute was a very good book. It is interesting, entertaining, and magical. A good book for rat-lovers. Read more
"Kokopelli's Flute," by Will Hobbs is a wonderful book for kids who like Native American books. I recommend it for animal lovers. Read morePublished on March 25, 2010