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Listen Up: Raven

Hi Friends!

Today we read Raven: A Trickster Story from the Pacific Northwest, by Gerald McDerMott

1. The legend of Raven is an example of a trickster tale, where the main character has magical powers & often creates or destroys to transform human experience. Many native cultures share trickster tales. Can you think of any other tricksters from a books or movies?

2. One way we can sort stories into categories (to make it easier for people to find the type they want/need to read) is by genre such as myths, folktales, legends & fairy tales.

A legend is "an unverifiable or non-historical story that has been handed down by tradition, and is popularly accepted as true and/or historical."

FYI here is how you cite a quotation taken directly from a website (very useful to avoid plagerism) Accessed March 29, 2021.

Why do you think people tell legends generation after generation? What purpose might they serve to a culture or group of people?

3. You can see the beautiful illustrations from the book here, at Storytime with the Met. Follow along after the story to make a totem craft.

Toodleloo, Kangaroos!

Today's book was Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest, by Gerald McDerMott. You can read about the Caldecott-winning author here or check out some of his other trickster tales about Coyote, Anansi & Jabuti. In another legend, Raven steals the sun, moon & stars!

Thanks to Pexels contributers for providing awesome video clips.

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