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CLOTH: American Women of Myth, Legend, and Tall Tale
by Robert D. San Souci
Illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Introduction by Jane Yolen
Philomel Books/Putnam, 1993
[AGES 8 up] hardcover /paperback
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Unforgettable folk tales about legendary American women.
This collection of American folktales spans the U.S. with fifteen stories of larger-than-life women from myth, legend, and tall tale. From Molly Cottontail, who can outwit any critter in the woods, to Hekeke, who slays a giant single-handedly, here are fifteen funny, stormy, vivid, and always entertaining tall tales of legendary American women.
"With careful research, accuracy, humor, and a wide-ranging cultural sensibility, San Souci's...retellings are lively and, in many cases, magical." -- Joseph Bruchac
From Kirkus Reviews , April 1, 1993
A frequent author retells old stories and, in effect, fashions new ones to fill a void that--he says in his preface--he deplores. Arranged geographically from northeast to west (including Alaska and Hawaii), these 15 tales of clever, strong- willed, or larger-than-life women represent several cultures- -Anglo-, Native-, African-, and Mexican-American. Introductory remarks discuss locale or culture or note parallels in world folklore. The results are entertaining and often tellable. Yet San Souci alters stories to suit his purpose: e.g., the woman he calls ``Old Sally Cato'' is unnamed in his Missouri source, while the male giant she kills was ``Bally Sally Cato''; even the African-American connection seems tenuous. Compared to one cited source, ``Annie Christmas'' is cleaned up almost beyond recognition. Neither is the subtitle quite accurate: two protagonists are sisters under the fur. And while the animal tales enhance ethnicity (``Sister Fox...'' is the only Mexican American tale), they have a mean-spirited tone not found in the others. Detailed notes give clues to how much San Souci has embellished, rather than ``collected,'' here; Pinkney's handsome b&w scratchboard illustrations and a spacious layout give the book a distinguished look. As they stand, the stories are useful; but it would be more honest to explain the rationale for the substantial revisions. Brief introduction by Jane Yolen; map; bibliography. (Folklore. 8+) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title.
From Horn Book
A strong collection of tales from all populations of the United States -- Native American, African American, Anglo American, Eskimo, and Hawaiian -- that feature female counterparts of tall-tale heroes. Pinkney's illustrations underscore the strength of the heroines. All of the tales are thoroughly documented. Bib. -- Copyright © 1993 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title.
Robert D. San Souci is the author of many award-winning books, including THE TALKING EGGS, a 1990 Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book. He lives in San Francisco, California. Brian Pinkney received a 1999 Caldecott Honor for DUKE ELLINGTON: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Mr. Pinkney lives in Brooklyn, New York.