Bruchac, of Abenaki, English and Slovak ancestry, follows the old ways, honoring tradition by storytelling only between first and last frosts. In this, his latest collection, twenty-four myths from nineteen Peoples give tribute to nature and Native American heritage. The stories are alternately funny, sad and hopeful, and the characters range from brave to loving to reckless. Each learns a valuable lesson that is shown, not told. Bruchac also has recorded two tapes to accompany the book. The tapes feature flute and percussion pieces along with Bruchac's gentle but dramatic voice ($16.95). There is also a teaching guide ($9,95).
Joseph Bruchac, coauthor of The Keepers of the Earth series, is a nationally acclaimed Native American storyteller and writer who has authored more than 70 books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for adults and children. He lives in upstate New York. Michael J. Caduto is an award-winning author, master storyteller, poet, musician, educator, and ecologist. He has received numerous awards, including the New York State Outdoor Education Association's Art and Literary Award, New England's Regional Award for Excellence in Environmental Education, the American Booksellers' "Pick of the List" Award, and the Association of Children's Booksellers' Choice Award, among others.