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

How Rabbit Lost His Tail A Traditional Cherokee Legend

Written by Deborah L. Duvall
Illustrated by Murv Jacob

Synopsis

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.

Reviews

The story is propelled forward not only by the action but by the emotions of the animal characters: readers will understand the rabbit's pride, his envy, and his desire to win, even as they recognize that his deception cannot possibly succeed. . . . Folkloric justice reigns here, and in the end, all is as it should be. . . .an appealing story of trickster Rabbit.

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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Book Info

Format

Hardback
32 pages

Author

Deborah L. Duvall
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Publisher

University of New Mexico Press

Publication date

15th September 2003

ISBN

9780826330109


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