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Bouki Dances the Kokioko: A Comical Tale…

Bouki Dances the Kokioko: A Comical Tale from Haiti

by Diane Wolkstein

Other authors: Jesse Sweetwater (Illustrator)

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I enjoyed this folk tale because it is so reminiscent of other folk tales from different cultures, but it is it's own tale. The fact that Bouki loses the gold to Malice's trap is great, since so few tales actually end in the nice but foolish person acting foolish.
  hgold | Apr 25, 2011 |
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Bouki is fat. Bouki is awkward. So why would Malice ask him to dance the complicated Kokioko for the king? Bouki isn’t sure. All he knows is that if he does learn the dance, he can win the king’s money. Seems simple enough. But uh-oh, Bouki should’ve known better than to get involved with greedy Malice. This comical tale introduces readers to Haiti’s famous slapstick characters: the foolish Bouki and the clever Malice. And in the best tradition of the trickster tale, it treats them to something unexpected- a new dance, the hand-clapping, hip-swaying Kokioko.

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After much coaching, Bouki wins the prize for dancing the king's secret dance but is then outwitted by his sneaky friend.

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