Yakari and Great Eagle: v. 1 Paperback – 17 Nov 2005
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Yakari is a little Indian, courageous and generous, whose happy life all children would like to share. Astride Little Thunder, his faithful mustang, Yakari gallops across the Great Prairie, where people and animals live in harmony and migrate according to the seasons.
Endowed with the wonderful ability to talk with all the animals, Yakari comes to know their way of life and their environment. Through his encounters and discoveries, Yakari passes on to young readers of his fascinating adventures a sense of respect, tolerance, justice, and solidarity. With humour and kindness, Yakari also teaches how to take advantage of lessons about life revealed by Mother Nature...
About the Author
Derib and Job have been writing Yakari stories for over 30 years and have both received lifetime achievement awards for their outstanding work. Authors Reside: Derib: Switzerland Job: France
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The Yakari series revolves around the adventures of a small Sioux boy who has the ability to speak with animals. In turn, the stories unfold around his encounters with North American animals. "Yakari and the Great Eagle" is the first book in the series and introduces the key characters, Rainbow his best friend, Great Eagle his totem and Little Thunder his pony.
The Yakari series is geared towards young children. It is successful because of the high quality illustrations that are so characteristic of the Franco-Belgian school of comic book design. The only downside is that the protrayal of Native American culture seems dated by today's standards. Hopefully, later volumes will come more into line with current values. Overall, this is a beautiful series of books and both parents and children will enjoy reading them. Recommended.
by Job & Derib
Here's the beginning of a delightful European graphic novel series that stars a kind-hearted, earnest young Sioux boy named Yakari, who receives a visit and a vision from his protector totem, the Great Eagle of the book's title. Great Eagle reveals to Yakari that he has the gift of being able to speak with animals, and while the adults in his tribe don't know about this gift, soon one of his friends, a girl named Rainbow, realizes that Yakari has a special relationship to nature.
One might imagine that a French series about Native Americans would be rife with the sort of blithe ethnic stereotypes than made "Asterix & Obelix" a delight, but thankfully this is not the case -- Swiss-born cartoonist Claude de Ribaupierre (aka "Derib") is also the author of the more realistic action series "Buddy Longaway," which also explores the American West, and seems to have an empathy for the material. In the Yakari books, we never see white men (although there are horses, so this must take place after or during the Spanish conquest...) and tribal life is presented simply and matter-of-factly, without any pernicious stereotypes. (There is one character named Slow Motion, but any presumed idleness or stupidity on his part is never elaborated on, at least not in the English translations... Other names have been altered since an earlier English translation; as far as the plot goes, there's no change -- the books don't dwell on human characters much and basically are not offensive... Of course, I speak as an outsider; someone of Sioux ancestry might view things differently.)
All in all, this is a wonderful series for younger readers, full of magical scenarios, natural splendor and earnest moral values. Yakari is always a hard worker and a true friend; he endeavors to improve the world around him, and his honesty and loyalty are repaid by the various animals as well as by the spirit world. Plus, Derib's artwork is a delight: his panoramic landscapes, in particular, evoke a sense of true wonder. Highly recommended! (ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)
I have purchased the complete collection for my daughter in the original version, French. She loved it and she knows now most of north american animals. Plus it is very positive for kids.
I buy this book now for my nephews in the US for spreading the good spirit of this series of comic books. I strongly recommend Yakari to parents and read the story to their kids. Videos are available too.