Of Kings and Fools: Stories of the French Tradition in North America. Collected, translated and retold by Michael Parent and Julien Olivier.
Little Rock, August House Publishers, 1996. 13.5 x 21cm. 206 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition, other than sunned spine and some minor text markings. Handwritten dedication by author to previous owner. [American Storytelling from August House].
Bubbling with beautiful princesses, dragon-slaying underdogs, and crafty tricksters, these Franco-American stories introduce readers young and old to a heritage of myths, fairytales and folklore. Michael Parent and Julien Olivier recount the stories that they often heard told as children growing up in the northeast United States. The bilingual pair recalls with Franco-American flair the lutin’s tricks on farmers, the Jack-life adventures of Ti-Jean, a brave princess conquering an evil witch, and family stories passed down from generation to generation. Peppered with French words and colorful characters, Of Kings And Fools is a glowing collection of stories gathered from many sources and invites readers to share in a storytelling culture teeming with French and Canadian traditions. [From jacket notes]