HI Friends! I am so glad to see you here this Friday. Tomorrow is Saturday and boy am I ever looking forward to it. I play catch up and I usually find some time to do some extra reading. Here is my selection for PPBF (the other nice thing about Friday.) :) Title: Brave Wolf and the Thunderbird
Author: Joe Medicine Crow
Illustrations: Linda R. Martin
Publishing info: Abbeville Kids, a division of Abbeville Publishing Group, Indian Lore, 1998
Themes: Native American Indian Tales, Crow Indians, Thunderbird Legends, Indians of North America, Folklore
Appropriate grades: Kindergarten thru fourth grades
Summary: While hunting, Brave Wolf is snatched by a huge Thunderbird and taken to her nest on a high cliff so he can protect her chicks from a monster.
Resources: Here is a pdf of a teacher guide the state of Montana uses to teach children of their past. Here is a more about the author and illustrator for “Brave Wolf and the Thunderbird,” from Abbeville Press.
From front of Jacket: “Every Spring a great big monster climbs out of the lake and up the cliff to steal the mother Thunderbird’s young chicks. This year she is determined to save them, but she needs human help. So she snatches up Brave Wolf while he is out hunting and carries him to her nest, where he comes up with a plan. First, he says, “I want to build a fire.” And then, “I’ll need some nice round rocks.” When the water monster arrives to attack the nest this year, he is greeted by more than just chicks at the top of the cliff…” Tales of the People are created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, (NMAI). Tales of the People is a series of children’s books celebrating Native American culture with illustrations and stories by Indian artists and writers. In addition to the tales themselves each book also offers four pages filled with information and photographs exploring certain aspects of words in different Indian languages.”
Why I love it: I love anything historical and anything Native American Indian. I was particularly interested in the four pages of original photographs but the jacket covered three of them and I couldn’t get a good look. However those photographs might not be of specific interest to kids who will undoubtedly enjoy the story. And when told all little Crow Indian Children hear this from their grandmothers they will enjoy it even more. Brave Wolf picks things from nature to kill the monster. Not guns, not knives not any weapon but something he designs to do the trick. This may empower a child to kill his own monsters. Do you think you will like reading this book?
And what Patricia Tilton says in her blog Children’s Books Heal:Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book. To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.
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So that is the end of this Friday’s PPBF post.
See you on Tuesday!
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