Children of all generations and backgrounds will find much to think about and even more to enjoy in this stunningly illustrated retelling of the legend of a revered but very old Cherokee chief named Sky. Realizing that his days on earth grow short, Chief Sky devises an ingenious plan to identify the young man most worthy to succeed him. As told to the author by Reverend Robert H. Bushyhead of the Eastern Cherokee Nation, this lesson story is as authentic as it is instructive. Luminous, wonderfully detailed watercolors in rich autumnal shades transport young readers to a time, place, and people in American history that they should never forget and always appreciate.
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Rodanas Bannon is a Marshall Cavendish author.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 4-An aging chief realizes the time has come to choose a successor. He calls three young men to him, and sets them the following test: "I want you to go to the mountaintop. Bring back to me what you find there." The first two leave the mountain when they are only part way up because they have found things of value that will improve the lives of their people. Only the third completes the journey, returning with the news that he has seen a smoke signal from another tribe in dire need of help. The old chief declares him the most worthy to be the new leader, and places his chief's robe on his shoulders. Joseph Bruchac's foreword gives a brief history of the Eastern Cherokee Nation, its tradition of lesson stories, and some background on this particular tale, previously unpublished but handed down from generation to generation in Bushyhead's family. The illustrations, rendered in watercolor and colored pencil, effectively capture the Smoky Mountains in all their autumnal glory. However, while Rodanas does her usual capable job of representing Native culture with respect and authenticity in terms of dress, artifacts, etc., her illustrations are marred by the fact that the faces of the three young men are virtually identical. This flaw aside, the book makes a solid contribution to folklore shelves in need of more and better representation in this area.
Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descripción Amazon Children's Publishing, 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0761451137
Descripción Cavendish Square Publishing, 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110761451137
Descripción Cavendish Square Publishing. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0761451137 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW7.0316220