How Rabbit Lost His Tail A Traditional Cherokee Legend by Deborah L. Duvall


How Rabbit Lost His Tail A Traditional Cherokee Legend by Deborah L. Duvall

Ages 9-12. Rabbit, whose Cherokee name is Ji-Stu, is known far and wide for his splendid tail. Long and bushy, and covered with thick, silky fur, he likes to show his tail off at the dances. All the girl animals want to dance with Ji-Stu because of his beautiful tail. But one night Otter comes to the dance, and both Ji-Stu and his tail are quickly forgotten when the girls see Otter's magnificent coat. Impressed by Otter, all the animals plan a council to decide who, of all the animals in the forest, owns the most beautiful coat. Now Ji-Stu must find a way to trick Otter out of his coat in time to win the contest, but in the process the trickster rabbit loses much more than he bargains for.


This is a delightful retelling of a Cherokee legend explaining how the rabbit lost his long, luxurious tail and how the otter became sleek and learned to love swimming. It also teaches valuable lessons about pride, deceit, and justice. The story is told in language simple enough for young independent readers, but would make an entertaining read aloud as well. The beautifully detailed black-and-white illustrations capture the essence of the story and set the scene for the traditional tale.

About the Author

Deborah L Duvall is an author of books and short stories on Cherokee history and tradition, a singer-songwriter, and a professional in financial management. She was born and continues to live in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, capital of the Cherokee Nation.

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32 pages


Deborah L. Duvall
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Publication date

15th September 2003



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