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The Dancing Fox: Arctic Folktales

by John Bierhorst, editor
Illustrated by Mary K. Okheena

Published by Morrow, 1997
18 pages
ISBN: 0-670-87326-8

Ages 9 - 14

Eighteen tales retold in rich language and set in a large, easy-to-read typeface include "The Woman under the Sea," "Worms and Lice," and "The Blind Boy and the Loon." Bierhorst is known as a scholar of traditional literature with the gift of communicating effectively about these tales to today's young readers. In a splendid introduction he explains that traditional values remain essential to the modern Inuit community. These values are expressed many ways: in the continued use of the Inuit language; in the harvesting of Arctic foods; in music, graphic art, and the recollection of old stories. Bierhorst interprets the role of storytellers, the presence of the natural world, the "art of living," the connection of the supernatural, story sources, and "basic themes that link this distinctive literature to the world community." The tales in this handsome volume are accompanied by Inuit printmaker Mary K. Okheena's black-and-white illustrations and are followed by source notes and references. CCBC categories: Folklore, Mythology and Traditional Literature (GMK; Dec 16)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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