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ISBN:
9781596431560
Price: $18.95
Authors: Gene Luen Yang      Illustrators: Derek Kirk Kim     
Call Number: F YAN
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Printz award-winning author Gene Luen Yang teams up with gifted author and illustrator Derek Kirk Kim to present three strikingly different graphic short stories. In the first, a comedy-fantasy adventure, Duncan, a plucky young knight, embarks on a quest to win the hand of a fair princess. Odd vi...

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Printz award-winning author Gene Luen Yang teams up with gifted author and illustrator Derek Kirk Kim to present three strikingly different graphic short stories. In the first, a comedy-fantasy adventure, Duncan, a plucky young knight, embarks on a quest to win the hand of a fair princess. Odd visual details develop to turn the fantasy into Duncan's reality. The volume's title story is a wacky spoof on Uncle Scrooge, where a tycoon frog's latest wealth-grabbing scheme leads him to create an entire religion around a mysterious smile in the sky. In the last story, a lonely cubicle worker falls prey to a fraudulent Nigerian royalty e-mail plea for cash, but, in doing so, gains the strength she needs to confront an abusive boss. In this clever collection, each of the multi-layered tales is visually different and will appeal to readers who enjoy the leaps available to graphic story tellers.
Published By: First Second Books
Tags: fables
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ISBN:
9780689802461
Price: $18.99
Authors: Margie Palatini      Illustrators: Barry Moser     
Call Number: E PAL
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A fresh take on a well-loved Aesop's Fable - The Fox and the Grapes. To reach the tantalizing fruit, Fox elicits the help of Bear, Beaver, Porcupine, and Possum, each of whom tries to offer alternatives to Fox’s plan. Each time Fox “ta-ta-tas” them to silence. But his plans all fail and he storms...

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A fresh take on a well-loved Aesop's Fable - The Fox and the Grapes. To reach the tantalizing fruit, Fox elicits the help of Bear, Beaver, Porcupine, and Possum, each of whom tries to offer alternatives to Fox’s plan. Each time Fox “ta-ta-tas” them to silence. But his plans all fail and he storms off declaring he wouldn’t think of eating the lousy, rotten, stinkin’ grapes—“They’re probably sour anyway!”—at which point the assembled animals easily reach the grapes and feast away. Moser’s beautifully rendered animals with their expressive faces and humanlike body language, are imbued with a good dose of personality and are perfectly fitted to the story. The text highlights the angst and frustration of the know-it-all, but not all that knowledgeable, Fox. Excellent as a read aloud.
Published By: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Tags: fables
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ISBN:
9780152064204
Price: $16.00
Authors: Coleen Salley      Illustrators: Janet Stevens     
Call Number: E SAL
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A treasure of a tale explaining the phrase "playing possum." Epossumondas forgets the warnings of how dangerous and scary the swamp is and wanders in looking for the fierce and ugly Loup-garou. There he encounters things that hiss, that snort, that growl and reach for him with long claws. Each ti...

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A treasure of a tale explaining the phrase "playing possum." Epossumondas forgets the warnings of how dangerous and scary the swamp is and wanders in looking for the fierce and ugly Loup-garou. There he encounters things that hiss, that snort, that growl and reach for him with long claws. Each time, he does what a possum does in the face of danger. He plays dead. A colourful romp for the imagination.
Published By: Harcourt Children's Books
Tags: fables
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ISBN:
9780152024499
Price: $7.00
Authors: Gerald McDermott      Illustrators: Gerald McDermott     
Call Number: MCD
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Raven uses trickery to give people the gift of light, demonstrating that he uses his magical powers to make mischief (through shape-shifting) and to bring a blessing to the people.

It is beautifully illustrated. Students will be engaged.

Peoples: BC Coastal First Nations
Published By: Voyager Books, Harcourt Inc.
Tags: fables
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ISBN:
9780763647681
Price: $19.00
Authors: Tanya Landman      Illustrators: Richard Holland     
Call Number: E LAN
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Mary, the girl in a farm family from long ago, is overlooked by her father as to who should run the farm. Instead, the boys have a chance to win the challenge. Once they have failed, Mary convinces her father to try and succeeds, since she has the brains in the family. She also understands the im...

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Mary, the girl in a farm family from long ago, is overlooked by her father as to who should run the farm. Instead, the boys have a chance to win the challenge. Once they have failed, Mary convinces her father to try and succeeds, since she has the brains in the family. She also understands the importance of light, knowledge, music, and joy. The mixed media illustrations add to the humour of the story and are reminiscent of an older time. Good book for a study of fables.
Published By: Candlewick Press
Tags: fables
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ISBN:
9781550175936
Authors: Roy Henry Vickers      Robert Budd     
Call Number: VIC
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Raven Brings the Light shares the story of Weget. Weget is born to Haida parents that recognize his special powers. He is a shape-shifter and has the ability to put on different “skins” to become different animals. He becomes a raven and brings light to the people. Vicker’s story recognizes f...

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Raven Brings the Light shares the story of Weget. Weget is born to Haida parents that recognize his special powers. He is a shape-shifter and has the ability to put on different “skins” to become different animals. He becomes a raven and brings light to the people. Vicker’s story recognizes fables as a way to tell stories with Haida art of images.
Published By: Harbour Publishing
Tags: fables
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ISBN:
9781550176193
Price: $20.00
Authors: Roy Henry Vickers      Robert Budd      Illustrators: Roy Henry Vickers     
Call Number: VIC
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Cloudwalker explores the Gitxsan story from British Columbia’s Northwest coast of a young man who was very strong. He spent his time caring and providing for others. This story shows how animals and people rely on each other to live. Cloudwalker contains vivid and beautiful illustrations that ...

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Cloudwalker explores the Gitxsan story from British Columbia’s Northwest coast of a young man who was very strong. He spent his time caring and providing for others. This story shows how animals and people rely on each other to live. Cloudwalker contains vivid and beautiful illustrations that accompany the Northwest coast legend.
Published By: Harbour Publishing
Tags: fables
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ISBN:
0531058190
Authors: Paul Goble      Illustrators: Paul Goble     
Call Number: GOB
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The story of "Iktomi and the Berries" shows how Iktomi is a braggart and isn't very nice to the enviornment and animals around him. Iktomi is hunting and is very impressed with himself and believes his ancestors would feel the same way. Iktomi gets in trouble while hunting as he is so prideful an...

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The story of "Iktomi and the Berries" shows how Iktomi is a braggart and isn't very nice to the enviornment and animals around him. Iktomi is hunting and is very impressed with himself and believes his ancestors would feel the same way. Iktomi gets in trouble while hunting as he is so prideful and isn't very careful which then he falls into the river.

The story of Iktomi is based upon a Lakota tale that shows how Iktomi has trickster like qualities. Teachers may have to prepare in advance of reading this book with students. A conversation about traditional hunting beliefs (preparing for the hunt; hunting as a necessary event to feed oneself and community; using all parts of the animal; preparing the meat and furs, etc.) will need to be discussed with students.

There are references to "white people" which will require a conversation with students about proper terminology. Teachers may want to discuss: who the Lakota people are, their beliefs, their tribal customs, the idea of trickster tales, and vocabulary words.

This book requires a pre-read by teachers for use in classrooms.
Published By: Orchard Books
Tags: fables
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ISBN:
0531057607
Authors: Paul Goble      Illustrators: Paul Goble     
Call Number: GOB
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The story of Iktomi and the Boulders shows how Iktomi is a braggart and isn't very nice to the environment and animals around him. Iktomi's thoughts are printed in small text so this show this is into the mind of Iktomi. Iktomi is going to visit friends and family, so he wants to dress his best. ...

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The story of Iktomi and the Boulders shows how Iktomi is a braggart and isn't very nice to the environment and animals around him. Iktomi's thoughts are printed in small text so this show this is into the mind of Iktomi. Iktomi is going to visit friends and family, so he wants to dress his best. He thinks he is the best looking person. The animals and the birds laugh at him for being so egoistic with himself.


The story of Iktomi is based upon a Lakota tale that shows how Iktomi has trickster like qualities. Teachers may have to prepare in advance of reading this book with students. A conversation about the pipe (being a pipe carrier and pipe ceremony) will need to be discussed with students as Iktomi is using a pipe with no reference to ceremony. He's also wearing a headdress which has special protocol involved with wearing it, unless he is wearing regalia. We know he is going to visit friends and family, so this might be confusing for readers.

Iktomi tries to do the right things by sharing his blanket with boulder because boulder is getting sunburned. But in the end, Iktomi takes back the blanket for himself. Boulder comes loose and rolls on top of Iktomi and Iktomi must ask the animals for help. They cannot help him as Boulder is too big and strong. Iktomi lies to the bats and tells them that boulder has been saying rude matters about the bats. The bats attack Boulder and free Iktomi.

Teachers may want to discuss: who the Lakota people are; their beliefs and customs; the idea of trickster tales, and vocabulary words.

This book requires a pre-read by teachers for use in classrooms.
Published By: Orchard Books
Tags: fables
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