The Legend of the Petoskey Stone

The Legend of the Petoskey Stone

by Kathy-jo Wargin, Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
     
 

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The sixth tale in our Legend series, The Legend of the Petoskey Stone focuses on the naming of this unique fossil, found only on the shores of Lake Michigan. From the ancient, warm sea that covered most of the state, through Native American history and the history of the town named after a great chief, The Legend of the Petoskey Stone is a welcome addition to the

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The sixth tale in our Legend series, The Legend of the Petoskey Stone focuses on the naming of this unique fossil, found only on the shores of Lake Michigan. From the ancient, warm sea that covered most of the state, through Native American history and the history of the town named after a great chief, The Legend of the Petoskey Stone is a welcome addition to the fables so richly told and illustrated by this much-loved and honored children's book team.Author Kathy-jo Wargin has earned national acclaim through award-winning children's classics such as Michigan's official state book, The Legend of Sleeping Bear, Children's Choice Award winner The Legend of the Loon, The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell, and many others. Kathy-jo enjoys writing about nature and its effect on all our lives, and is a frequent guest speaker throughout the country. She is also a faculty member of the Bear River Writers Workshop, sponsored by the University of Michigan. She lives in Petoskey, Michigan. Since the publication of The Legend of Sleeping Bear, artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen has been an established presence in the world of children's book illustration. His many other titles with Sleeping Bear Press include The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell, Adopted by an Owl, Jam & Jelly by Holly & Nellie, and The Legend of Leelanau. Gijsbert and his family live in Bath, Michigan.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
On the shores of northern Michigan there is a fossil unique to that area. This is the story of the man for whom the fossil is named and the legend that lives on to this day. According to legend, in 1787 a son was born to an Odawa chief and he named the child Petosegay, which meant "rays of the rising sun." The boy grew to be a fine man who was a skilled hunter and trader. In time he was able to purchase land near the river he loved so much and Petosegay was a happy man. It was not long before pioneers came to settle and a town grew along the shore. Because Petosegay was so respected and beloved, the town was named Petoskey. As people walked the shore they picked up a special stone that seemed to hold within it the "rays of the rising sun" and they named the stone a Petoskey stone in honor of the man whose father predicted great things for him. Today people still search for this stone that carries with it a hopeful promise for a bright tomorrow and is a reminder of a man "who gave his name to the land he loved." A blend of history and legend, this is a rich and unusual story that reaches far beyond its native Michigan. Handsome paintings bathed in the yellow of the sun are vibrantly detailed and bring to life the dense forests and flowing rivers of a time long past. For those lucky enough to travel to Michigan and find a Petoskey Stone, directions for cleaning and polishing your find are included. 2004, Sleeping Bear Press, Ages 9 to 12.
—Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-In 1787, on the shores of northern Michigan, a son is born to an Odawa princess and a French fur trader. As he grows, he becomes a skilled hunter and trader, and is so respected by the people in the area that their town is named after him. The story is pleasant and the artwork excellent but the value of this book as an authentic native legend is uncertain. It is simple enough to prove the factual existence of Chief Ignatius Petosegay, and perhaps even to establish him as the namesake of the town and the fossilized coral remnants referenced in the title. Unfortunately, since the author does not provide any sources, there is no indication that this tale accurately represents any traditional story of the Anishinabe peoples in Michigan. While the writing flows well, especially for reading aloud, the story seems a little too simplistic at face value. Frankenhuyzen's paintings are undeniably beautiful, full-page bleeds that cover each spread, with text well placed in unoccupied areas. As with The Legend of Sleeping Bear (Sleeping Bear, 1998) and other books by this author-illustrator team, Petoskey is sure to be scooped up by local legend lovers. The lack of documentation, however, prevents it from being considered a real gem.-Sean George, Memphis-Shelby County Public Library & Information Center, Memphis, TN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585362172
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
05/15/2004
Series:
Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
388,956
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 10 Years

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