Two women from a starving tribe go to the Spider Woman for help, and learn to build looms, dye wool, and weave with their very souls. Not until they return home, teach their tribe to weave, and begin to prosper, do they realize the value of their skills. A dramatic explanation of the origin of Navajo rugs and the skills of their weavers.
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Jerrie Oughton has written several novels for young adults. Her first, Music From a Place Called Half Moon. was awarded the Bank Street College Children's Book Award. She lives with her husband in Lexington, Kentucky.From Booklist:
Ages 7 and up. This sober and sophisticated tale--another fine collaboration from the gifted team that produced How the Stars Fell into the Sky (1992)--recounts how the Navajo came to acquire their weaving skill. During a period of hunger and cold, "when the white wolf of fear crept among them," two women leave the tribe to pray for aid. Spider Woman obliquely answers their prayer by building a loom and teaching them how to prepare wool and fashion a magnificent patterned rug, cautioning them to "hold only beautiful thoughts in your mind while you weave." But the tedium of the chore and concern for their hungry families cause the women to break faith with Spider Woman, who reproaches and dismisses them, keeping the rug. But the skill is now their own, and the tribe prospers through weaving and trade. Only then do the women understand Spider Woman's lesson. Returning to give thanks, "they called and called to her. But she did not come." Desimini's surreal paintings underscore the other worldly nature of the encounter. Eerily lit landscapes blanketed in shadow are suggestive of sacred place and time. And Spider Woman is no gentle earth mother but, rather, a complex, powerful woman. This wild-haired and sharp-toothed goddess hurls rocks and summons rain. But surprisingly delicate fingers also coax the colors from the whole world into her yarn. Spider Woman's web, cast around trees, sheep, and the earth itself, is at once her magical tool and her embrace. Elizabeth Bush
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Descripción Houghton Mifflin, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0395661404
Descripción Houghton Mifflin, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Lisa Desimini Ilustrador. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0395661404
Descripción Houghton Mifflin, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110395661404
Descripción Houghton Mifflin, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 395661404
Descripción Houghton Mifflin. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0395661404 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW6.0196230