Book Reviews of Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Northwest

Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Northwest
Raven A Trickster Tale from the Northwest
Author: Gerald McDermott
ISBN-13: 9780590482509
ISBN-10: 0590482505
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 32
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.

4.6 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic
Book Type: Paperback
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Beautiful illustrations! Interesting story following the life a raven and an Indian community.
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My copy is a paperback, but it wouldn't accept that ISBN. Good children's book, well illustrated.

From School Library Journal
Grade 1 Up-- All the world is in darkness at the beginning of this traditional tale from the Indian cultures of the Pacific Northwest. Raven feels sorry for the people living in the gloomy cold, so he flies to the house of the Sky Chief in search of light and warmth. To get inside, Raven pulls a shape-shifting trick that allows him to be born to the god's daughter. As a spoiled and comic infant, Raven demands and gets the shiny ball that the gods have hidden away. The art and text capture the spirit of the Native American trickster hero; benevolent, clever, magical, unscrupulous, and ultimately triumphant, Raven acts out human virtues and foibles on a cosmic scale. The mixed-media illustrations contrast the foggy cold of the Northwest Coast with the cozy interior of a native plank house. Traditional dress, furnishings, and house construction are clearly depicted, as are the tender and indulgent emotions of the Sky Chief and his family. As Raven shape-shifts through the story, visual and verbal clues let children see that his essential nature remains intact. The book invites comparisons with other trickster heroes like Africa's Anansi and the Native American Coyote, as well as with stories of fire bringers like Prometheus. The physical environment, oral literature, and traditional life of the Pacific Coast Indians come alive in this amusing and well-conceived picture book.