MAYBE I WILL DO SOMETHING by Wayne Ude

MAYBE I WILL DO SOMETHING

Seven Coyote Tales
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Age Range: 10 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Ude combines traditional and newly imagined material to show the Native American trickster Coyote in his varied roles as beggar, thief, shapechanger, rulemaker, and world-shaper. His personality is ever-shifting and elusive: he can be clever or dimwitted, he's powerful yet begs for food--a shapeshifter whose sensibility sometimes changes with his form, so that he forgets what he was doing. This may be heavy going for younger readers, who will need to be encouraged to skim over Ude's frequent digressions and read for plot and for what the tales have to say about Native American beliefs and customs. In a colloquial style that's sometimes ungrammatical (``...which feels differently to her than just walking...''), with seven full-page b&w drawings. (Folklore. 10+)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-395-65233-2
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1993