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Rabbit and the Fingerbone Necklace

Deborah L. Duvall
Illustrated by Murv Jacob

"The power of the bones!" Ji-Stu the Rabbit sings along as he dances around the fire with a flock of shiny ravens. The ravens have traveled a great distance to visit Ji-Stu's forest, and Ji-Stu is pleased to learn that he alone is invited to their dance. He brags, "Why, even these ravens who live far away in the desert have heard of me!"

Ji-Stu soon learns that his dancing skills mean nothing to the feathered visitors. They are interested in only one thing-Ji-Stu's favorite necklace! The ravens offer him three beautiful blue-green stones if he will trade, but Ji-Stu is much too clever to let such a valuable necklace go. The ravens watch in silence as he leaves the dance grounds with the oddly shaped beads still tied around his neck. But before the long night is over, a frightened Ji-Stu will know the true meaning of "the power of the bones."


Murv Jacob, a descendant of Kentucky Cherokees, is an internationally known artist whose illustrations appear in over seventy book and video projects. He won the 2003 Oklahoma Book Award for Design and Illustration for his drawings in The Great Ball Game of the Birds and Animals.

Deborah L. Duvall is an author of books and short stories on Cherokee history and tradition, a singer-songwriter, and a professional in financial management. She was born and continues to live in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, capital of the Cherokee Nation.


"...beautifully illustrated... Rabbit and the Fingerbone Necklace contains kernels of ancient Native American history and lore in its parts."


Midwest Book Review

"Jacob's artwork features vivid skies and lush forest scenes, and his animals possess a totemic quality that gels with the folkloric aims of the story."


Publishers Weekly

"The seventh in the series about Ji-Stu, the Rabbit of traditional Cherokee lore, this book has all the engrossing appeal of the very first book this author/illustrator team...created."


Appalachian Heritage

8.5 x 10 in. 32 pages 17 color plates