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The Boy Who Lived With the Bears and Other Iroquois Stories

by Joseph Bruchac

Other authors: Murv Jacob (Illustrator)

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This was really an awesome story. I enjoyed reading it and I think it would be good for read-aloud and to incorporate into a history lesson. ( )
  MeganTrue | Mar 18, 2017 |
Abenaki storyteller and children's author Joseph Bruchac - who has explored a seemingly endless variety of genres in his writing, from intermediate horror novels like Skeleton Man, to picture-book biographies such as Crazy Horse's Vision - presents six traditional Iroquois folktales in this engaging collection, related to him over the years by Iroquois elders. Accompanied by the appealing illustrations of Murv Jacob, who is probably best known for his work on Deborah L. Duvall's series, The Grandmother Stories (The Great Ball Game of the Birds and Animals, How Rabbit Lost His Tail, etc.), these tales are both entertaining and instructive - sure to please folklore lovers young and old.

Here is the story of Rabbit and Fox, in which the clever Rabbit continuously outwits his would-be hunter, eventually tricking him into eating a rotten log. In the titular The Boy Who Lived with the Bears, a hunter who "did not have a straight mind," leaves his nephew to die in a blocked-up cave, but is subsequently reunited with him, when he is rescued by the animals of the forest, and adopted by a mother bear. How the Birds Got Their Feathers relates the tale of Buzzard, who undertakes the arduous journey to the Skyland, in order to bring back the clothing promised to the birds by the Creator, only to find himself stuck with the least desirable "suit," because he cannot be satisfied.

The humorous Turtle Makes War On Man follows three "warriors" - Turtle, Skunk and Snake - as they set out to attack an Iroquois village, only to find that the women of the village are more than a match for them. Chipmunk and Bear, in which Bear is convinced he can do anything, and Chipmunk asks him whether he can prevent the sun from rising, is a cautionary tale intended to warn the reader/listener not to tease others, and has also been retold by Bruchac in picture-book format, as How Chipmunk Got His Stripes. Finally, Rabbit's Snow Dance relates the story of Rabbit, who discovers that a little bit of a good thing is sometimes enough, when his Snow Dance brings him more than he expected. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 093040761X, Paperback)

The Parabola Storytime series is a collection of stories and myths by the leading storytellers of Native American tribes. Originally produced by Parabola magazine in audio format, many of these stories appear here in written form for the first time, with the permission of tribal elders, and are enhanced by artwork authentic to the tradition. These stories evoke the beauty, wisdom, and living spirit of surviving oral traditions.

In these six Iroquois tales, animals showcase the best of human emotions and spirit. Buzzard flies to the Creator to bring back clothes for all the birds. Tiny Chipmunk takes on massive and powerful Bear in a challenge to determine whether or not the sun will keep rising. In the title story, a young boy has lost his human family and finds love in the home of the Bears. Wise and foolish, cowardly and brave animals teach humans how to live better lives, while providing entertainment. This replaces 006021287X.

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Presents a collection of traditional Iroquois animal tales.

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