Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest

Raven A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest Raven the Native American trickster feels sorry for those who must live in darkness and he decides to help He flies over mountains valleys and lakes and discovers that light is being kept hidden

  • Title: Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest
  • Author: Gerald McDermott
  • ISBN: 9780152656614
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Raven, the Native American trickster, feels sorry for those who must live in darkness, and he decides to help He flies over mountains, valleys, and lakes and discovers that light is being kept hidden inside the house of the Sky Chief Using his cleverness, Raven finds a way to bring light to the world The physical environment, oral literature, and traditional life of thRaven, the Native American trickster, feels sorry for those who must live in darkness, and he decides to help He flies over mountains, valleys, and lakes and discovers that light is being kept hidden inside the house of the Sky Chief Using his cleverness, Raven finds a way to bring light to the world The physical environment, oral literature, and traditional life of the Pacific Coast Indians come alive in this amusing and well conceived picture book School Library Journal

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    1. I had purchased a paperback copy of Scott McDermott's Caldecott Honour winning Raven from a couple of years ago, mostly because I happened to find the cover image so visually appealing and stunning (and have always enjoyed folktale adaptations). However, as soon as I opened the book, I realised with much frustration that McDermott had once again (and like with his previous Caldecott Medal winning Arrow to the Sun) NOT really fully acknowledged either his sources or paid (at least to and for me) [...]

    2. I read this book to my students because I want them to learn about different traditions and cultures than their own. This book lead to some great discussions."Raven, the trickster, wants to give people the gift of light. But can he find out where Sky Chief keeps it? And if he does, will he be able to escape without being discovered? His dream seems impossible, but if anyone can find a way to bring light to the world, wise and clever Raven can!"

    3. In a note at the beginning of this book, Gerald McDermott explains that the Raven is a trickster figure who appears in many Native American stories from the Pacific Northwest. Raven can both be a terrible mischief-maker and a benevolent guardian of humankind. His prominence in Native American culture also is reflected in how often his image appears in visual art like totem poles and jewelry. Both sides of Raven are included in this retelling of how Raven brings humankind light; he steals it from [...]

    4. A spry tale from the Pacific Northwest Territory about the sun came to be in the sky and how Raven put it there.Clever and mischievous. Written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott, published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.#PB #NativeAmericanTale #raven

    5. 1994 Caldecott Honor - Favorite Illustration: when Raven is sitting on the pine tree, watching the Sky Chief's daughter by the river.I feel like if McDermott hadn't included his note that 'Raven is the central character in most Native American myths and tales [in the Pacific Northwest], and just told this story that it would have been much better received. The fact that McDermott tries to set himself up as an expert on Native American stories, but does no research (or at least doesn't seem to re [...]

    6. Raven, the Native American trickster, feels sorry for those who must live in darkness, and he decides to help. Raven flies over mountains, valleys, and lakes to discover that light is being kept hidden inside the house of the Sky Chief. Using his cleverness, Raven is reborn as the Sky Chief’s grandchild and uses his access to bring light to the world. The people fed Raven fish to thank him for giving them light.I remember reading this book as a young child. During that time, I lived in the Pac [...]

    7. This is a fascinating folktale that talks about how humans got light in the world. It has interesting illustrations and a simple enough narrative that most children can understand and enjoy. This book was selected as one of the books for the November 2016- Caldecott Honor discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at .

    8. When the raven becomes a child, he looks like the main character in Tony Baloney to me. I thought the fact that he came into the world because a girl drank a pine needle was weird, but I guess that’s not any stranger than the idea of a stork, and it’s definitely more kid-friendly than a lot of the alternatives. I definitely think the illustrations outshine the story in this case, however. The story didn’t feel logical to me.

    9. This book was another disappointment. Some of the illustrations, those without people, were beautiful. However, the people in the tale were shown cartoony and the story was not told with a voice that was believable as a Native American folktale narrator. The baby is said to have cried, "Ga!" muliple times, for example, as he toddles across the floor with a baby's body and a beak nose. Skip this one for sure.

    10. Alternative title: How the Sun came to be in the skyThis is a colorful intro to the native peoples of the NW. We often see ravens (as well as crows) when we're in the mountains, so the kids will be able to connect with this familiar bird.

    11. In spite of all the criticisms of this book, I love the story and the illustrations. Gerald McDermott is one of the few author/illustrator's whose stories are short enough to share with preschool children. Most picture book folk tale books are too wordy for preschoolers.

    12. A tale of a trickster god who pulls quite the long con in order to bring light to humans. Very cool artwork done in the syle of the Pacific NorthWest native wood carvings.

    13. I read this to some kindergardeners today. It is a useful introduction to the story of Raven bringing light to the People. Strongly colored artwork makes this a good book to share in a group.

    14. Title: Raven A Trickster Tale From The Pacific NorthwestAuthor: Gerald McDermottGenre: Myth Themes: Trickery, generosity, light and dark, motherhoodOpening line: Raven came. All the world was in darkness. Brief Summary: Raven came and there was no light in the world, all was dark. He noticed a light coming from a house where he saw a young girl drinking water. He turned into a pine needle and she drank him and soon gave birth to Raven in the form of a boy. Raven unlocked a box in the house that [...]

    15. In a spectacular tale of adventure, the book Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest by Gerald McDermott is a treat to the eyes and soul. This is absolutely one of my all time favorite children’s books. The story is imaginative and told in such a way that readers cannot help but read to the end and find out what happens. It follows the mysterious character named Raven who seeks light for the world. When he locates the location of the light, he does the most unimaginable thing possib [...]

    16. Title: Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific NorthwestAuthor: Gerald McDermottGenre: MythologyTheme(s): Generosity, CaringOpening line/sentence: Raven came. All the world was in darkness.Brief Book Summary: Raven feels badly for the people who lived in the dark and ventures out to bring them light. After finding the Sky Chief and his daughter, Raven is able to capture the sun and throw it out into the sky.Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Betsy Hearne (The Bulletin of the Center for Chil [...]

    17. North American tale about Raven. The author includes a note on the back of the title page informing the reader that Raven is common in Native American tales. He is sly and giving. When I visited Alaska a raven was on many art work and totem poles.In this story Raven realizes the whole world is dark and vows to bring light for the people and animals. He spy's light in the Sky Chief's home. He transforms himself into a pine needle and Sky Chiefs's daughter swallows the needle. Some time later she [...]

    18. I liked this one better than another McDermott book I've read, Arrow to the Sun. This one at least has a 'point' to the story. The illustrations are again very stylized, reflecting art from the region in question. I never felt with this one that you struggled to understand what was being depicted (a problem I encountered more than once in Arrow to the Sun). Again, there's a lot of controversy about this one, and how much explanation and credit and historical or cultural notation is given by the [...]

    19. This book falls under traditional children's literature as a myth. It is very well paced throughout it's entirety and has a very uplifting theme throughout. This traditional Native American tale is very well translated into a story for young learners. I think this will certainly spark imagination for kids with its' explanation for how the sun was brought into the sky. Myths like these from other cultures are important to share with kids so they have a more broad understanding of how different pe [...]

    20. The Caldecott is awarded yearly for the most distinguished picture book, and McDermott’s distinctive art and beautiful writing has won three times! This tale from the Pacific Northwest depicts the legend of how the raven stole the sun and gave light to the sky. This sort of origin story is called a porquoi tale, and is present in many cultures around the world. The raven is particularly important to the tribes of the northwest, and he is found frequently in totems, jewelry, and other artworks. [...]

    21. Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest told and illustrated by Gerald McDermot tells how the Raven tricked the Sky Chief and stole the sun giving it to the world and bringing us light. The illustrations are mostly beautiful watercolor landscapes and depictions of the people of the Sky Chief’s tribe with excellent use of light and shadow. However the brightly colored and geometric shapes of the Raven stick out from the rest of the scenes on every page. This is an excellent book for [...]

    22. • 1994 Caldecott Honor Book •The art in "Raven" is gorgeous but the story is kind of strange The young woman has a child with a pine needle, and her son (Raven) steals from her and her father I like the premise of retelling a Native folktale but I wish there'd been more detail, I guess? It felt like the setting and pictures could have been anywhere. Materials used: gouache, colored pencil, pastel on heavyweight cold-press watercolor paperTypeface used: text: Mixage • display: Mixage & [...]

    23. Cool story about a tale that we, in America, probably didn't know. Book follows a shape-shifting bird who changes into something small enough for the princess to swallow, resulting in the princess' pregnancy and birth of a raven-haired boy. He finds the light and steals it and puts it in the sky so everyone can use it. Cool that there are questions in the book for an interactive read-aloud.

    24. This book is a great little folk tale of sorts. I'm sure that children, the younger they are the better, would find this story charming, cute, and funny. I love the color of the illustrations and the illustrations overall. Raven turning into a child only to steal the light is quite the twist. Overall I gave it 4 stars because the ending is left open with the tribal people.

    25. This book includes illustrations that match cultural art from the Pacific Northwest which makes the book unique. The illustrations help readers understand the meaning behind the tale. This would be a great book to use while discussing various art forms from different cultures, or a lesson on genres like folktales.

    26. This book is about a Raven who wants to bring light to the world. The Raven transforms into different things and eventually puts the sun into the sky. This is a story about the creation of the world the way it is today. This would be a good book to introduce kids to different cultures and what they believe/believed in.

    27. I really didn't enjoy this book. I feel like it is a great example of what a folklore book looks like. The illustrations were beautiful, I just didn't enjoy the storyline as much. I understand that it's a story that was told verbally long before it was written, so the weird concept does make sense.

    28. I thought this book was a great folk tale explaining how the sun originated. Raven is a great story to read to the children to teach them about folk tales. I liked the art, and I grew fond of it. It gives you that folklore feel to it.

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