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Thirteen moons on turtle's back : a Native American year of moons

by Bruchac, Joseph, 1942-

Format: Print Book 1997
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Springdale Free Public Library Childrens Nonfiction CNF 811.54 BRUC
Location  Springdale Free Public Library
Collection  Childrens Nonfiction
Call Number  CNF 811.54 BRUC
"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
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 1-5. In many native American cultures, each of the 13 moon cycles in a year has a specific name and a story. Drawing on his Abenaki heritage, storyteller Bruchac has collaborated with author London to present stories from 13 different tribes. Explaining that the 13 scales on the turtle's back represent the 13 moons of the year, a young Abenaki boy's grandfather introduces the chronologically arranged stories. Locker, well known for his landscapes, has created a dramatic oil painting for each short tale. His artwork portrays seasonal changes in the land as well as the specific seasonal activities of humans and animals. The large format with minimal text will appeal to younger children, while the alternative calendar, based on changes in nature, will interest middle readers. An unusual, easy-to-use resource for librarians, teachers, and others wishing to incorporate multicultural activities throughout the year. ~--Karen Hutt"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "To many Native Americans, the 13 cycles of the moon represent the changing seasons and the passage of time. Each moon has its own special name that, while varying among the tribal nations, is consistent with the legend that the 13 scales on Old Turtle's back hold the key to these moons. The authors present 13 poems that take readers through the year, from the ``Moon of Popping Trees''--when the ``cottonwoods crack with frost''--to the ``Big Moon'' of the Abenakis. The book's effective design consists of verses in vertical columns at the left of each spread, with the remainder occupied by Locker's ( Family Farm ; Catskill Eagle ) typically lush artwork. His oil paintings are eye-catching in their depth of color reflecting dramatic seasonal changes. Trees, skies and woodland creatures are rendered in vivid hues that combine to produce an enthralling vision. This unusual and intelligent book is an exemplary introduction to Native American culture with its emphasis on the importance of nature. All ages. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Indians of North America -- Folklore.
Children's poetry, American -- Juvenile literature.
Seasons -- Juvenile literature.
Indians of North America.
Publisher New York :Putnam & Grosset,1997
Other Titles 13 moons on turtle's back
Contributors London, Jonathan, 1947-
Locker, Thomas, 1937-2012.
Language English
Notes "A PaperStar book."
Description 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 0698115848 (pbk.)
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