Maiden of the Mist: A Legend of Niagara Falls

Overview

Long ago, a Seneca tribe lived on the Niagara River, just upstream from a great waterfall. With plenty of fish and crops to feed them, life was good in their village. Then a sickness came to the people, and everything changed. As the situation worsened and people died, Lelawala, the chief's daughter, came up with a plan to help. She would go to the thunder god, Hinu, and find out why he wouldn_t help her people. But to do that, Lelawala would have to go to his home under the ...

See more details below
This Hardcover (Library Binding) is Not Available through BN.com
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Long ago, a Seneca tribe lived on the Niagara River, just upstream from a great waterfall. With plenty of fish and crops to feed them, life was good in their village. Then a sickness came to the people, and everything changed. As the situation worsened and people died, Lelawala, the chief's daughter, came up with a plan to help. She would go to the thunder god, Hinu, and find out why he wouldn_t help her people. But to do that, Lelawala would have to go to his home under the great falls, and never return.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Lelawala is a Seneca girl whose tribe lives on the banks of the Niagara River. One summer, sickness comes to the tribe and many people die, including Lelawala's mother, wife of the chief. To appease the thunder god, Hinu, who lives in a cave behind the great falls, the people send sacrifices of food and other gifts, to no avail. Lelawala overhears the medicine man say that a greater sacrifice is needed, and she volunteers to go down the river to Hinu. Unafraid, she canoes over the falls and finds herself in a cave belonging to Hinu's son. He tells her that a horned snake is poisoning the river and killing the villagers. Lelawala appears in a dream to her father, telling him how to defeat the serpent. In the ensuing battle, Hinu and his sons join the Seneca to defeat the snake. The battle transforms Niagara Falls into its current shape. Based on a melding of an Iroquois tale with a European story, the author/illustrator deftly explores the themes of sacrifice and compassion. 2001, Stoddart Kids/Stoddart Publishing, $13.95 and $6.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Valerie O. Patterson
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-According to an author's note about this story's origins, Charles endows her retelling with the strong, compassionate heroine of the Iroquois version rather than the passive girl of European renditions. Lelawala's Seneca tribe, situated by the Niagara River, has been prosperous for as long as memory. When sickness strikes, Lelawala's mother, wife of the chief, is among its many victims. Thinking that Hinu, the thunder god, is angry with them, the people send canoes filled with offerings over the great falls to his cave behind them. But the sickness persists. When Lelawala overhears the tribal leaders pondering sacrificing one of their people to Hinu, she volunteers herself. The depictions of people are inexpert, but the author/illustrator excels in capturing the roiling, pounding water, especially as the girl is thrown from her canoe and carried down the falls. She learns that the great god is powerless to fight a horned snake poisoning the river, and by appearing to her father in a dream, she is able to coordinate the efforts of men and gods to save her people. The dying snake, wedged into the boulders of the waterfall, creates the horseshoe shape that we see today. Even as his people celebrate their victory, the chief misses his brave daughter. He listens for her voice in the roar of the water-and hears it. This satisfying, unique pourquoi tale is well worth adding to most collections.-Susan Weitz, Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613521369
  • Publisher: San Val
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author

Veronika Martenova Charles is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books include: Maiden of the Mist: A Legend of Niagara Falls; Stretch, Swallow, & Stare; The Crane Girl; and The Birdman. Veronika has studied at Ryerson University, the Ontario College or Art and Design, and recently completed her graduate studies in Folklore at York University. Veronika Martenova Charles lives in Toronto.
A native of Montreal, Annouchka Gravel Galouchko has lived in Iran, Egypt, Mexico, and Austria. Winner of a Governor General's Award for illustration and nominee for French language text ("Sho et les dragons d'eau"), she has exhibited her paintings widely.
Annouchka's partner, Stephan Daigle, is an internationally known painter and illustrator of books, magazines, and corporate images. He, too, was born in Montreal. The couple's collaboration on "The Birdman" has resulted in an exceptional blend of color and design, along with depth and symbolism that belie its prettiness. Stephan and Annouchka live in Quebec with their eight-year-old son, Sacha.

Veronika Martenova Charles was born behind the Iron Curtain in Prague, Czechosloavakia. As a teenager Veronika formed a pop act with a friend and learned to sing Western rock and roll. On a return trip from a tour in Cuba she stepped from her plane as it refueled in Gander, Newfoundland, and decided to stay in Canada. She studied at Ryerson University and the Ontario College of Art. Since 1991 Veronika has been writing and illustrating children's books full-time.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)