Folktale Fusion: Love and Roast Chicken (A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains)

Friday, May 23, 2008.

Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes MountainsAuthor: Barbara Knutson
Illustrator: Barbara Knutson
Published: 2004 Carolrhoda Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1575056577

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A spunky free-ranging guinea pig hero, an equally lovable, gullible villain and the happy mash-up of several familiar folk tales make this gorgeously illustrated trickster tale a story worth repeated re-enactment in the schoolyard with friends (really!).

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Comment by Chris

May 23, 2008 @ 8:39 am

I am delighted to have received news of the this podcast on Barbara Knutson’s Love and Roast Chicken!

I am Barbara’s husband. Last week marked three years since Barbara passed away at age 45, but it is my sincere hope that her spirit continues to touch the
lives of children through her books long into the future.

A few scattered notes of possible interest:

As I suspect you are aware, her website has some author’s notes about the origin of each folktale, as well as some insights into her process in turning these cultural treasures into picturebooks. Barbaraknutson.com

She first encountered this folktale while we living in Peru, finding various versions throughout the Andes. We hiked deep into the mountain regions of Ecuador, Peru, and Boliva during her research. While she conducted most research for L&RC in Spanish, she also learned as much of the story in Quechwa and Ayamara as possible, the languages spoken in the highlands. She enjoyed the trading of folktales and the exchange would often fuel the evening conversations around steaming bowls of potato soup.

Barbara loved language as well as art, frequently reading her pleasure novels in French and Spanish.

Nature was also a passion, and was meticulus she was about the authenticity of her illustrations in this regard. Careful scrutiny of her books will show the stars as they appear in the southern hemisphere, the plants and animal species to be those that she had observed. She kept detailed sketch books to record her observations. I know she felt it essential to convey multiple aspects of the culture in retelling of the folktale, even the cadence of the prose. (She was an accomplished flute and recorder player, so I think language was something she observed and felt as well.)

I hope some of this is interesting and informative to the discussion.

Comment by Pancho

November 22, 2008 @ 12:08 am

Hi Chris, may you continue recalling your life with Barbara! I am sure that the Andes deepended your love. Her book on the “trickster” reminded me of what I learned about “cumpa atoj”, the BOlvian Quechua trickster. I think there is a common tradition in all Amerindian traditions.

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April 4, 2009 @ 4:04 pm

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