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Trickster Tales


One Grain of Rice by Demi
Long ago in India there lived a raja who believed that he was wise and fair, but he wasn’t.  When all of his people are starving—he keeps the country's rice for himself.  Then a clever young woman tricks him out of his rice.


Nine-in-One  Grr! Grr!  told by Blia Xiong
adapted by Cathy Spagnoli
In the beginning a tiger and her mate had no cubs.  So she goes to see the god Shao to find out how many she will have.  He tells her 9 every year—but only if she remembers… What happens when Bird tricks her into forgetting?


Love and Roast Chicken retold by Barbara Knutson
Cuy, the guinea pig, is feasting in a field of sweet grass high in the Andes Mountains of Peru when along comes Tio Antonio, the fox, to feast on him!  Can Cuy fool the fox?


Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock retold by Eric Kimmel
Anansi, the spider, loves to eat, but is too lazy to gather his food himself.  So when he finds a magic rock in the forest he uses it to trick his friends and get their food.  Or does he?


Flossie & the Fox retold by Patricia McKissack
Big Mama sends Flossie on an errand—to take a basket of eggs over to Miz Viola.  There is just one problem—how to keep them away from the fox.  Can Flossie out fox him?

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