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Is my Friend at Home?

Retold by John Bierhorst - Pictures by Wendy Watson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2001
ISBN 9780374335502

Whose footsteps do I hear?
Come in!

It’s a chance to be friends or to “renew the breath of friendship.”

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.

Along the way – 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.


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“Wonderful to read aloud and to discuss.” –Kirkus, Starred Review

“Disarmingly absurd, unexpectedly touching tales.” –Horn Book, Starred Review

“A spare and luminous collection.” –Riverbank Review