When Night Falls, Kric! Krac!: Haitian Folktales

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - Social Science - 188 pages
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When night falls in Haiti, it's time for stories. The storyteller says kric, the audience responds krac, and all of the children become very excited. This collection brings you wonderful treasures from a country that is rich in spirit and culture. Through lively tales remembered from childhood, storyteller Liliane Nerette Louis shares with readers and listeners the warmth, fondness, and humor of her beautiful and mysterious homeland. The 28 tales are arranged by subjects and themes-Bouki and Malis (mythical characters in Haitian folklore); stepmothers; animals; kings and princes; ghosts, zonbi, and tonton makout; and love and courtship. Louis also shares a variety of tantalizing, traditional recipes. In addition, a historical background, color and black-and-white photographs, and line drawings are included, making this a valuable resource for educators and students.

 

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I love the way these stories which I always believed came from my grandmother's very mouth or village are not just my own, as I had previously believed. Then again, every storyteller (particularly my mom), depending on her skill can really convince her readers of its ownership. What is interesting is how it has a different ending than I know. Because these are oral traditions, each story inevitably varies...I still love it and cannot contend the translation. The author did a great job!  

Contents

Bouki and the Calf
37
Kalunderiks Eggs
41
Bouki Goes to the Market
45
Bouki Gives a Bath to So Yettes Cat
47
Maliss Boubout
49
Konpe Bouki and Mr Pigeon Make a Deal
53
Bouki and Malis in the Cows Belly
57
Boukis Shoes
61
Bouki Wins the Kings Contest
105
Ghosts Zonbi and the Tonton Makout
109
Tonton Makout The Bogeyman
111
The Case of the Invisible Passengers
113
The Case of the Two Dogs
115
The Case of the Key
119
The Last Zonbi in Konpe Pierres Plantation
121
Phantom Revenant
125

Bouki Bathes His Mother
65
Stepmother Can Never Be Real Mother
69
Bonjou Manbo Cia
71
AyAyAy
75
The Lost Silver Spoon
77
The Mean Stepmother and the Orange Tree
81
Animal Stories
87
The Cat Who Tasted Trouble
89
Mother Frog and Her Twelve Children
91
The Turtle That Could Sing
95
Kings and Princes
99
King Vletout
101
Stories of Love and Courtship
129
Taizan My Dear Friend
131
Mermaid
135
Mr Hibou in Love with Angeline
137
Bouki Steals Marie Louiz
141
Kinan Kinan
147
Traditional Haitian Recipes
153
KreyolEnglish Glossary
175
Index
183
About the Author Editor and Artist
187
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