Is My Friend At Home?

Peublo Fireside Tales

By John Bierhorst; Wendy Watson (Illustrator)
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374335502, 32pp.)

Publication Date: September 2001

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Pueblo Fireside Tales
Tales to be read in one cozy sitting.

Here are seven interconnected stories about making and keeping friends, jewel-like tales originally told to the youngest listeners at Native American firesides in the Hopi country of northern Arizona. In John Bierhorst's authentic re-creation of a Pueblo storytelling session, readers and listeners will find out how Coyote got his short ears, why Mouse walks softly, and how Bee learned to fly.

Snake, Mole, Badger, Beetle, and Dove also have roles clever and foolish, friendly and not so friendly, and all are depicted with humor and finesse by illustrator Wendy Watson.

About the Author

John Bierhorst is a distinguished editor and translator of American Indian literature whose previous books include Doctor Coyote: A Native American Aesop's Fables. He lives in West Shokan, New York.

Wendy Watson is the author and/or illustrator of many books for children. She lives in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Praise For Is My Friend At Home?

*"This delightful and unusual collection of trickster tales was originally told in the Hopi pueblos of Arizona in the wintertime . . . Watson't light-hearted illustrations, many dusted with snow, caputure both the moods and the seettings of the tales . . . with its cozy animal friendships, intrigues, and small adventures." --Starred, Kirkus Reviews

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