Love Flute

Love Flute

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by Paul Goble

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A Santee Dakota myth about a young man who is brave in battle, but lacks courage to speak to the woman he loves.  See more details below


A Santee Dakota myth about a young man who is brave in battle, but lacks courage to speak to the woman he loves.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Traditionally, the Native American man would use a ``love flute'' to woo the woman he loved, to speak to her of things that words alone could never express. In this lyrical tale, a young man too timid to profess his love is presented with such a flute by two mysterious Elk men. Goble writes with a poetic energy, a graceful enthusiasm of ``love songs carried by the breezes into the tipi circle from the surrounding pine-covered ridges and grassy hills.'' Striking illustrations in bold blocks of color are set against flowers alive with birds and butterflies. There is a pleasing simplicity to the artwork, an inherent sense of order in the pristine images. Imbued with warmth and spirit, each page seems to dance with movement and color, as if to the flute's beguiling music. Intricate black-and-white sketches of various love flutes on each page enhance this prepossessing work. All ages. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 6-- ``This is the story of a shy young man who was given the very first love flute, long ago, by the birds and animals.'' When he plays the instrument, the music speaks to the heart of the special girl and tells her more plainly than words that he loves her. Goble's measured prose brings this Santee Dakota myth to life. The lyricism of the romantic story is highlighted by the restraint and dignity of his writing. His familiar painting style is both rich and formal as befits the telling of a myth. The drawings of the flutes introduce a new stylistic element. Drawn in careful detail with pencil and placed vertically on the page, they give a feeling of solid reality, yet since they are different in style and scale, they retain an element of mystery. Page design and layout are admirable. Each double-page spread seems designed as a unit. There is a great deal of white space, yet bits of the landscape or design escape across the center to link the pages. As with his other books, this title celebrates the beauty and richness of Native American legend. A note on sources and historical information on courtship rituals is a welcome plus. --Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY

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Product Details

Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date:
Aladdin Picture Books
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Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Paul Goble has received wide acclaim for his magnificent books, including Buffalo Woman, Dream Wolf, Her Seven Brothers, and the winner of the 1979 Caldecott Medal, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. Commenting on his work in Beyond the Ridge, Horn Book Magazine said, "striking elements synthesize the graphics with the narrative and spiritual aspects of the text." The New York Times Book Review noted that his technique is "a marriage of authentic design and contemporary artistry, and it succeeds beautifully."
Paul Goble's most recent book for Bradbury Press, I Sing for the Animals, was called "a lovely, small book that movingly conveys profound belief in the goodness of creation" by Kirkus Reviews, and School Library Journal said it "fits as easily in the hand as Goble's meditations about the natural world do in the heart."

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Love Flute 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Onlinescoop More than 1 year ago
Paul Goble's retelling of the Native American folktale was remarkable and riveting. The illustrations by Paul Goble were beautiful and filled with interesting and colorful details. My 8 year old daughter did not want to put the book down since she found the story so interesting. Plus, the lessons learned from the story are profound and worthwhile. By reading the story, the reader learns the courting custom of this particular Native American tribe. The Native American culture was very intimately tied to nature as this courting custom demonstrates. This book made me realize that the Native American culture is not something that should be lost or disrespected, but studied and taught in school. The book documents the beauty and wisdom of this forgotten and diminished culture spectacularly. Not only did I love reading this book, now I want to learn more about this culture with their strong ties to nature. They advocate respecting and communicating with nature as a guide for living. After reading this book, I realize that Modern Civilization can learn much from the Native Americans. Thank you Paul Goble for opening my eyes to the wisdom and beauty of the Native Americans. They have much to offer modern civilization, and sadly it took many years for this student of life to discover that fact.