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Iktomi and the Berries: A Plains Indian Story

“The silly Iktomi spies buffalo berries in the water and repeatedly dives for them, unaware that they are a reflection. . . . Goble’s characteristically authentic and colorful drawings . . . make these pages a visual delight . . . Few will be able to resist . . . Iktomi.”–School Library Journal, starred review. Full-color illustrations.

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  1. Lawrance M. Bernabo says

    Iktomi wants the berries in the water, but the berries win I am certainly coming to enjoy the stories of the trickster, the main character in many Native American myths and legends. In the Pacific Northwest he is known as Raven, while the Lakota call him Iktomi, which means “spider.” The man Iktomi, who is the central character in a series of adventures retold and illustrated by Paul Goble, is both very clever and very stupid, which results in some rather amusing tales. One of the things that makes the trickster such a compelling figure is that sometimes Iktomi uses his cleverness to benefit man, while other times he merely makes mischief. “Iktomi and the Berries: A Plains Indian Story” is such a tale and remind many readers of one of Aesop’s fables that has similar story elements, “The Dog and the Bone.” However, in these stories the moral is never stated explicitly because children come to understand what is unacceptable from the terrible behavior exhibited by Iktomi.

  2. Volkert Volkersz says

    An entertaining Plains Indian tale with a universal message Iktomi is a trickster in Plains Indian folklore. In this tale his conceit gets him into trouble.

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