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The girl who helped thunder and other Native American folktales /

by Bruchac, James; Bruchac, Joseph; Vitale, Stefano [ill.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Sterling Pub. Co., c2008Description: 96 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.ISBN: 9781402732638; 1402732635.Subject(s): Indians of North America -- Folklore | Indians of North America -- FolkloreOnline resources: Table of contents only | Publisher description
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Children's Collection Children's NonFiction j 398.2 BRU Available 39270003210188

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Welcome the second book in the Folktales of the World series! Engaging, inspirational, and above all entertaining, these legends come from Native American peoples across the U.S. Richly illustrated with original art, they capture a wide range of belief systems and wisdom from the Cherokee, Cheyenne, Hopi, Lenape, Maidu, Seminole, Seneca, and other tribes. The beautifully retold tales, all with informative introductions, range from creation myths to animal fables to stirring accounts of bravery and sacrifice. Find out how stories first came to be, and how the People came to the upper world. Meet Rabbit, the clever and irresistible Creek trickster. See how the buffalo saved the Lakota people, and why the Pawnee continue to do the Bear Dance to this very day.<br> Stefano Vitale's art showcases a stunning array of animal figures, masks, totems, and Navajo-style rug patterns, all done in nature's palette of brilliant turquoises, earth browns, shimmering sun-yellow, vivid fire-orange, and the deep blues of a dark night. nbsp;</p>

Includes bibliographical references (p. 94-96).

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Horn Book Review

(Intermediate, Middle School) In a utilitarian sense, this collection of Native American stories would seem to have everything. The contents are divided into major culture zones, from the Southwest to the Far North; a prefatory note describes who lived in each, and their way of life; three or four representative stories follow, each with a brief introduction; source notes are appended. The book is illustrated throughout with fanciful adaptations of Native American styles and motifs, deftly done if hardly genuine. But both purists concerned with the authenticity of Native American materials and champions of the works' literary qualities may have problems with the retellings. Some of the plots are heavily Europeanized: the title story, for instance, centers on a comely girl who marries a handsome stranger, discovers that he lives deep in a lake...and, shedding his clothes, becomes a snake. She escapes with the aid of the Thunders, and takes up life among them; the sounds of thunder are of her making. In the Bruchacs' version, the girl's folly in marrying a stranger is the main theme and the twice-iterated lesson, and her escape from the pursuing snake-husband -- "a huge serpent with glittering scales...not far behind her" -- reads like a dragon encounter. With a savvier version available (in John Bierhorst's The White Deer, the Bruchacs' source), why not use it? Similarly, "The Boy Who Went with the Seals" not only makes more sense in Jerrold Ramsey's compilation of Native Oregonian tales, Coyote Was Going There, it's more fluently and affectingly told. From HORN BOOK, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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