Tricksters

Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains

By Barbara Knutson

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In this folktale from the Andes, a clever guinea pig repeatedly outsmarts the fox that wants to eat him for dinner.

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Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman, Illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman, Illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Once, luck was as free to be had in Ireland as sunlight, and just as plentiful.  It filled the air, and anyone could grab a handful of it as the need arose. This was largely due to the leprechauns, for they made luck like cows made milk.

Just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day—and Irish-American Heritage Month—comes Fiona’s Luck, a delightful picture book that lyrically tells the story of how the extra luck came into Ireland with the leprechauns and was lost again from us “big folk” when the leprechaun king decided to hoard it all away in his castle.

Fiona's Luck

By Teresa Bateman

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A clever woman named Fiona must pass the leprechaun king's tests when she tries to get back all the luck he has locked away from humans.

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Fin M'Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill

By Tomie de Paola

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Fin M'Coul's wife, Oonagh, helps him outwit his arch rival, Cucullin.

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Too Many Leprechauns, or, How that Pot o' Gold Got to the End of the Rainbow

By Stephen Krensky

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Finn O'Finnegan returns home after a year in Dublin and when he finds his village taken over by leprechauns, he must devise a way to get them to leave without making them angry.

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Conejito: A Folktale from Panama

By Margaret Read MacDonald

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In this folktale from Panama, a little rabbit and his Tia Monica outwit a fox, a tiger, and a lion, all of whom want to eat him for lunch.

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Sure as Sunrise: Tales of Bruh Rabbit & His Walkin' Talkin' Friends

By Alice McGill

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"With the humor and wisdom of her North Carolina roots, Alice McGill shares the stories she remembers from her father, mother, grandmother, and neighbors. Her telling is as fresh as 'a loaf of bread still warm from the ashes' as she brings to life the creatures that so fascinated her as a child: Bruh Rabbit, Sis Possum, Bruh Bear, and Bruh Fox. Illustrated with zest and warmth, these stories were passed on for generations and are, ultimately, a celebration of the human spirit. For as sure as sunrise, the cleverness of the small but sassy Bruh Rabbit shines through as he outwits the more powerful, again and again."
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The Rabbit's Judgment

By Suzanne Crowder Han

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Tricked into freeing a hungry tiger from a trap, a man refuses to let the tiger eat him until they get another opinion on the situation from a disinterested party.

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Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest

By Gerald McDermott

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Raven, a Pacific Coast Indian trickster, sets out to find the sun.

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Quail Song: A Pueblo Indian Tale

By Valerie Scho Carey

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Quail grows tired of trying to teach hungry Coyote her beautiful song, so she plays a trick on him.

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