- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Children's LiteratureThis is the mythical story of the Old Man of the Mountain, a rock formation in the New Hampshire mountains that resembles the profile of an elderly warrior. While native peoples roam the land of the northeast, two warring tribes are united by the love between their chief, Pemigewasset, and Minerwa, the daughter of the chief of the opposing tribe. Pemigewasset and Minerwa enjoy many years of happiness until Minerwa learns her father is dying and chooses to leave Pemigewasset to see to the ailing chief. Pemigewasset swears his love to his wife and promises that he will not rest until her return. He sets up camp on a hill and sends smoke signals until Minerwa is out of range. When Minerwa fails to arrive home at the expected time, the chief refuses to give up hope and remains on the hill even through the freezing nights of winter. After the thaw, members of his tribe find him lifeless in his shelter. They bury him atop the cliff, facing west so that he may look upon Minerwa should she ever return. As the braves descend the hill and look back to say a final good-bye to their chief, they are awed to see his face, immortalized in stone, looking back at them from the rocks. This lovely story of devotion, hope, and love is brought to life by paintings that balance the real and the fantastic to capture the myth as both lived and imagined. 2004, Sleeping Bear Press, Ages 6 to 10.
—Wendy Glenn, Ph.D.