Item description for Song of the Jackalope by David Bosworth Roy Campbell...
Set in the picturesque landscape of the American southwest, the legendary jackalope comes alive in this appealing story of young Molly and a series of surprising and revealing adventures. Handicapped by only having one antler and ridiculed by the other jackalopes, Molly is aided through the intervention of the mysterious Grandal. Through him, she soon learns that the true source of strength is within. With that assurance and by using her own special gift, the little jackalope is able to touch the life of a lonely sheepherder and finds a mystical reward for herself in the experience.
The door to Molly's circle quickly widens to reveal her cousins, Priscilla and Abigail, the food-obsessed Jumbo, and an irrepressible magpie named Fraida. Enter also, Molly's newfound friendship with a ginkgo tree and a threat to its existence from some of Molly's friends.
A new test comes with Grandal's strange summons for assistance in aiding a trapped coyote, a fearful enemy of the jackalope clan. Adding to the danger on the mission is the proximity of the alluring, but deadly Matamor, an enchanting oasis. As the plot deepens, other jackalopes are drawn into the action, and Molly is increasingly confronted by her own doubts and fears. Driven by a sense of duty, but caught in the vortex of a powerful force at the end, she is swept to a startling revelation and conclusion.
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Great Book! Mar 21, 2006
This is a delightful tale revolving around the legendary Jackalope in the American southwest. I personally did not know what a jackalope was and if you do not either let me tell you. It is a mythical creature living in America's Southwest deserts. It is said to resemble a large jackrabbit with antelope like antlers. It is said that it sings and cowboys through the years have heard it during the long night watches of their herds. Interesting! We meet Molly, a young sweet Jackalope who has only one antler. Because of this handicap she is often ridiculed by the others in her group but through a mysterious friend named Grandal, Molly learns the difference she can make in her world, as they take one adventure after another together. We are also graced by meeting a really funny magpie named Fraida and a talking ginkgo tree along who will make an impact on Jackalope's future events. One day Molly is in a situation where she must face her enemy the coyote and actually help to save his life, will she do it? And how will this one act set in motion a repaying of kindness? You will have to read this adorable story to find out. I highly recommend this work; it is packed full of just the right amount of adventure, moral issues, true friendships and many lessons on just what is important in life. A top of the notch read, one you and your child will enjoy sharing together. Excellent source of bedtime stories or just adventures to be shared anytime.
A contemporary Aesop Feb 23, 2006
This is a set of stories or fables, focusing on a jackalope named "Molly." For those of you who might not know, a jackalope is a mythical creature of the America West's deserts, resembling a large jackrabbit, but with antelope-like antlers. The mythical jackalope also offers parents an opportunity todiscuss fiction versus reality with their children.
In the first story, "Song of the Jackalope," we meet Molly, who lost an antler when very young, following an unfortunate encounter with a cactus. Molly is growing into a sensitive, aware, thoughtful, and somewhat outcast jackalope, whose physical abilities are hampered by her impaired balance (having only one antler will do that). In this initial story, she meets Grandal, a very old and very wise jackrabbit, who befriends her. We also learn of the power of song in the lives of jackalopes.
In the next story, "Molly and the Ginkgo Tree," Molly makes a rather unusual friend, and issues of friendship and self-esteem versus vanity are neatly addressed.
In "An Unlikely Rescue," Molly learns how to look beyond her immediate situations, see others from their own viewpoint, and the meaning of altruism and charity.
In "The Crippled Coyote," we see Molly learn more about not making assumptions about others, and the concept of kharma or "what goes around, comes around."
"Many Years Later" is a brief, somewhat wistful, epilogue.
This collection of stories started as e-mailed stories from the author, Roy Campbell or "Baba Roy", to his granddaughter. They would make excellent bedtime stories for children 3 to 7, as well as read-along stories for children 5 to 7.
The stories are quaint, humorous, and clear, but subtle, in their lessons. They are well-written, and they leave you wanting more. I hope that Mr. Campbell will consider writing more jackalope stories, possibly featuring a young male jackalope, to connect better with boys learning to read.
I have mixed feelings about Grandal's occasional references to the Arthurian legend. They seem to be non-sequitirs, and cause minor interruptions to the flow of the reading experience. However, for some children, they might open the door of interest in the Arthur stories, and thus lead to further reading. For older children, David Clement-Davies' "Fire Bringer" might be a good book to follow "Song of the Jackalope."