SPIRITS, FAIRIES, AND MERPEOPLE by C.J. Taylor

SPIRITS, FAIRIES, AND MERPEOPLE

Native Stories of Other Worlds
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Age Range: 9 - 11
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a slim and watery collection of northerly First Nations tales, land-dwellers fall in love with sea-dwellers, contentious humans are nearly all wiped out in a flood sent by exasperated spirits and the kindly Great Spirit temporarily gives over the souls of the dead to his opposite number, Evil Minded, but keeps them safe from harm by transforming them into ground mist. Taylor relates the seven short stories in formal language—“In the beginning, when the universe was young, there were two heavens”—and accompanies each with a small but evocatively detailed oil painting depicting generic buckskin-clad figures and, more memorably, magical creatures like the red, hairy, spiderlike Lodge Eater of a Dakota tale. Other cultures represented are the Mi’kmaq, Kahnawake, Coos, Ojibwa, Ute and Cree. Like her All the Stars in the Sky: Native Stories of the Heavens (2006), this digestible gathering will draw young readers—but fewer storytellers, as there are no source notes. (afterword) (Folktales. 9-11)

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-88776-872-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Tundra
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2009