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Brave Wolf and the Thunderbird: Tales of the People
     

Brave Wolf and the Thunderbird: Tales of the People

by Medicine Crow, Linda R. Martin (Illustrator), Joseph Medicine Crow
 

Created with 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 various aspects of

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Created with 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 various aspects of Native culture, including a glossary of words in different Indian languages.

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From the Publisher
"Innovative...this contemporary version of a classic American Indian tale will delight readers both young and old." — Dallas Morning News
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
In this adaptation of a Crow Indian folktale, a hunter, Brave Wolf, is captured by Thunderbird because she needs help protecting her babies from a fearsome monster. Clever Brave Wolf comes up with a successful plan and Thunderbird and all of the surrounding birds have a feast of monster to celebrate. The simple, colorful illustrations were created by a Navajo artist, while the author is a Crow elder. Like other books in this "Tales of the People" series, there are several pages of information on Crow history and the Thunderbird at the back of the book. A glossary and photos are included.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In this story from the Crow people, Thunderbird takes a young man to her nest to save her chicks from a hungry lake monster. Although the story is very simple, the telling flows naturally, and is exciting enough to involve children. The brightly colored illustrations are almost childlike, and are reminiscent of the traditional paintings done by Plains Indians on animal hides. Archival photographs and factual information appear in a short section following the story. Unfortunately, part of this useful information is printed on the back endpapers. A good selection to add to Native folklore collections.-Darcy Schild, Schwegler Elementary School, Lawrence, KS
Alan Tack
Each depiction is edged with a traditional Crow beadwork pattern, lending visual and cultural unity to Brave Wolf's exciting and instructive adventure.
Native Peoples

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789201607
Publisher:
Abbeville Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Series:
Tales of the People Series
Pages:
30
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)
Lexile:
AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Read an Excerpt

One day, a man named Brave Wolf went hunting in the hills. He did not return for several weeks, and when he came back to camp, he told his family and friends what had happened to him while he was gone.

While he was hunting, a huge Thunderbird flew over and snatched him up in her giant claws. She took him to a high cliff, overlooking a lake up in the mountains.

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