"Unusual and intelligent...An exemplary introduction to Native American culture with its emphasis on the importance of nature." —Publishers Weekly
In Native American legend, the thirteen scales on Old Turtle's back hold the key to the thirteen cycles of the moon and the changing seasons. These lyrical poems and striking paintings celebrate the wonder of the seasons, from the Northern Cheyenne's Moon of the Popping Trees to the Big Moon of the Abenaki.
"This book instills a spiritual respect for our land and an appreciation for the people who were its first caring guardians." —American Bookseller
A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Language Arts An IRA Teacher's Choice Book A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
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This book is an excellent work of Native American children's literature. Joseph Bruchac is a well-known Abenaki story-teller who profiles in this book the thirteen moons of the year, and profiles for each moon what is important about that season to different Native Nations. The artwork is a beautiful compliment to the story. If you are looking for a solid and sensitive look at inter-tribal stories for children, this is a great place to start!
I purchased this for a baby shower gift, along with some handmade baby/toddler moccasins from the Huron Nation in Canada. If you are looking for some truly American literature, this chapter book for children (and adults!) is awesome. Native American (First Nations in Canada) frequently named the months of the year (figured by moon phases) for the events from that time period of each moon phase. Thus, a month that had a lot of ice storms and ice on the trees' branches may, in some groups, be called "Moon of Crackling Trees," and so on. The names did differ by group, influenced by local cultures and by geography. What this book does is to sample the names of the moons by different groups (one group's name per moon phase) and explain the reasons why a specific group named that moon phase by a particular name. The fun of this book is interest people to explore the full range of names each of the Native Groups gave the moons - this book is a start. It will stimulate people to learn...
The only thing that could of made this book better would be the listing of Moon names of some of the different tribes, in a glossary of chart at the back of the book. You will find teaching ideas that go with this book on line. More advanced students can look up the moon names of some of the other tribes on their own, for the tribes in the area they live. These names vary because the moons are named for the things happening in each different geographical region the tribe is living in. I highly recommend this book as a teaching tool. ( I have taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. ) You may wish to check the vocabulary level, before having students try this book on there own, but there is still a great deal you can do with this book, by just reading it to them.
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