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Trickster Tales

Here are some Trickster Tales from around the world. Trickster tales go hand-in-hand with April Fool's Day. No one really knows the true origins of April Fool's Day, but one story is that France changed their calendar and New Year’s Day changed from April 1 to January 1.  Well, news traveled slowly in the 1500’s and many people didn’t find out for years—or they just didn’t want to change.  So people would play tricks on them—inviting them to New Year’s parties that didn’t exist, for example. People around the world celebrate this time of year with lightheartedness and foolishness.

One Grain of Rice*  retold by Demi
Nine-in-One  Grr!  Grr!*  told by Blia Xiong (adapted by Cathy Spagnoli)
Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains*  retold by Barbara Knutson
Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock*  retold by Eric A. Kimmel
Flossie & the Fox*  retold by Patricia C. McKissack
The Wolf’s Chicken Stew^  by Keiko Kasza
Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl retold by Virginia Hamilton
The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit   as told by Julius Lester
Doctor DeSoto  by William Steig
Hansel and Gretel  retold by Rika Lesser
The Gingerbread Boy  retold by Paul Galdone
The Three Little Pigs  retold by James Marshall
Clever Ali  by Nancy Farmer
The Sneetches^  by Dr. Seuss
Jabuti the Tortoise: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon 
retold by Gerald McDermott
Aunt Nancy and the Bothersome Visitors (4 stories^) 
by Phyllis Root
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti 
retold by Gerald McDermott
Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa 
retold by Gerald McDermott
Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest 
retold by Gerald McDermott
How the Guinea Fowl Got Her Spots 
retold by Barbara Knutson
Sungura and Leopard: A Swahili Trickster Tale 
retold by Barbara Knutson
Anansi Goes Fishing 
retold by Eric A. Kimmel
Anansi and the Magic Stick 
retold by Eric A. Kimmel
Anansi and the Talking Melon 
retold by Eric A. Kimmel
Tops and Bottoms^ 
adapted by Janet Stevens
Rabbit makes a Monkey of Lion 
retold by Verna Aardema
Borreguita and the Coyote 
retold by Verna Aardema
A Ring of Tricksters: Animal Tales from America, the West Indies, and Africa retold by Virginia Hamilton

* also listed on the monthly flyer
^ previously read on StoryLine

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