DescriptionTeacher's Guide Chukfi Rabbit
The way the Choctaws tell it, Chukfi Rabbit is lay-zee. Watch your food when he’s around. Blink once—it’s gone.
"Chukfi is a trickster worthy of the name, and this fresh, funny tale makes an excellent addition to the genre." (starred review, Kirkus Reviews)
Silly kids, tricks are for rabbits! Chukfi Rabbit, that is. The laziest, and hungriest, trickster rabbit there is!
Deep in Choctaw Country, Chukfi Rabbit is always figuring out some way to avoid work at all costs. When Bear, Turtle, Fox, and Beaver agree on an everybody-work-together day to build Ms. Possum a new house, Chukfi Rabbit says he's too busy to help. Until he hears there will be a feast to eat after the work is done: cornbread biscuits, grape dumplings, tanchi labona (a delicious Choctaw corn stew), and best of all, fresh, homemade butter! So while everyone else helps build the house, Chukfi helps himself to all that yummy butter! The furry fiend! But this greedy trickster will soon learn that being this lazy is hard work! A classic trickster tale in the Choctaw tradition.
Greg Rodgers is a storyteller and writer. He is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and often tells traditional and contemporary Choctaw stories at schools, libraries, festivals, and tribal events throughout the country. He is currently completing a Ph.d at the University of Illinois, Urbana.
Leslie Stall Widener lives in north Texas in a one-hundred-year old farmhouse with her husband, also an illustrator. When she was a child, she explored every inch of her grandparents' Oklahoma farm, an allotment her grandmother received for her Choctaw ancestry. Leslie's latest book, a collaboration with her sister, is an illustrated history of fashion.