PPBF/ Brave Wolf and the Thunderbird

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. Brave Wolf and the Thunderbird book coverHere 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.

And here is my gift to you, dear friends. The best thing ever? Twitter in ten minutes a day pdf. Free here! Yes, the whole PDF without giving your name or email anywhere. How to promote your book on Twitter in ten minutes a day. Or how to manage Twitter or learn how on Twitter in ten minutes a day. Check it out at least. My present.  I hope I don’t get into trouble. TWITTER FOR AUTHORS in TEN MINUTES A DAY / /. Perfect.

So that  is the end of this Friday’s PPBF post.

See you on Tuesday!

Kisses and hugs


© 2014 Clara Bowman-Jahn aka  Clarike Bowman-Jahn  


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16 Responses to PPBF/ Brave Wolf and the Thunderbird

  1. I love Native American stories and need to start reviewing some — they fall under my blog theme. This one looks outstanding and grabs my attention! Native Americans stories are so important for kids because the books have a wisdom to them and teach a lesson. Thank you for mentioning me in your blog. It is so kind of you. Great choice.


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Patricia. I am going through a craze in mentioning PPBP posters. I will most likely mention you like this till the end of April then choose someone else. I love how you share the love of PBs and Susanna’s site.

      I Love Native American Stories as well and can’t get enough of them. The Indian Museum did two like this. I”m not sure if that is all they are going to do or if they plan to do more. 🙂


  2. This looks like a great book. I also love Native American stories and anything historic. I will definitely be checking this out. By the way, there is no PPBF again this week due to Susanna’s contest. It was me doing this last week! 😎


    • clarbojahn says:

      I realized too late there was no PPBF this Friday and do remember last week it was, YOU. Lol. 🙂

      Thanks, Rosi. Are you going to link your story up at another time? or is that it? 🙂


  3. Margot Finke says:

    Stories that cross cultural lines and let kids learn about other ways of life and beliefs are a wonderful addition to any youngster’s book shelf. This one is no exception. Although I did find the cover rather murky and cluttered. Something simple and striking might draw kid’s eyes better. Pinned it to my Book Reviews (kids to YA) on Pinterest.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Margot!

      I agree about the cover being murky and dark although it is meant to be the eagle deamon. I also agree that stories that cross cultural lines belong on children’s shelves and this one is great for that. 🙂


  4. I think I’ll like this! 🙂


  5. Darlene says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book. I also love stories of First Nations People, their legends are so meaningfull. I have included some characters from the Siksika Nation in my next book, Amanda in Alberta-the Writing on the Stone. So I’ve been doing a lot of research and reading books about the culture. It is fascinating.


  6. Catherine Johnson says:

    This sounds really interesting, Clar. And that post about Twitter is brilliant, thanks so much. I haven’t forgotten your offer, I’m just swamped right now, maybe May will be good we could do something with our books.


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Catherine,

      I may forget so remind me ok? I so would love to feature you. What are your published books?

      so glad you enjoyed the twitter link. 🙂


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