Books by Carolyn Dunn

Released: Aug. 1, 2008

Arresting in its presentation, with sharp reproductions of artifacts from many centuries and contemporary artworks pictured on beige parchment-like pages, this book is a delight for the eyes, but difficult to comprehend. The text is a rich mixture of Dunn's poetry and folk tales and myths from almost 50 North American tribal groups, accompanied by scholarly explanations of these stories and the traditions that engendered them. It is fascinating, yet too dense for the intended child audience. The authors—Berk an academic folklorist and Dunn a Cherokee/Muskogee/Seminole poet, journalist and musician—tell readers repeatedly that the many peoples of Native America must be respected for their knowledge, their care of the earth, their many ancient traditions and their ability to fuse their heritage with the challenges of living in an often hostile environment. The stories themselves are retold with a fine sense of oral language, but librarians, teachers and parents will need to assist young readers in finding the nuggets of gold in this rich but sometimes arid compendium. (list of tribes and nations mentioned, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-adult)Read full book review >
A PIE WENT BY by Carolyn Dunn
Released: May 31, 2000

Rich in alliteration and internal rhyme, Dunn's debut makes a surefire read-aloud for cumulative tale lovers. Balancing a luscious-looking cherry pie on his head, King Bing is off to pop the question to Queen Bea. Along the way he meets a cow, ants, a dog, a chick, and a fly, all of whom eye that pie and try various stratagems to get King Bing to bend over and lose the pie. Using bright, opaque colors, Santoro (Bears Are Curious, not reviewed, etc.) trails pop-eyed, solid- and hungry-looking animals behind the cheery, ski-nosed king, rewarding their close attendance at last when the king does bow and the pie splatters juicily over two pages. Yum. As the animals gather around, Bing and Bea come to an understanding ("You cook and I'll eat," she proposes, "And we'll live happily after") and stroll off toward the kitchen together. Diet-killing recipe included. (Picture book. 6-8)Read full book review >