Pushing up the Sky: Seven Native American Plays for Children

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From acclaimed Native American storyteller Joseph Bruchac comes a collection of seven lively plays for children to perform, each one adapted from a different traditional Native tale. Filled with heroes and tricksters, comedy and drama, these entertaining plays are a wonderful way to bring Native cultures to life for young people. Each play has multiple parts that can be adjusted to suit the size of a particular group and includes simple, informative suggestions for props, scenery, and costumes that children can ...

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From acclaimed Native American storyteller Joseph Bruchac comes a collection of seven lively plays for children to perform, each one adapted from a different traditional Native tale. Filled with heroes and tricksters, comedy and drama, these entertaining plays are a wonderful way to bring Native cultures to life for young people. Each play has multiple parts that can be adjusted to suit the size of a particular group and includes simple, informative suggestions for props, scenery, and costumes that children can help to create. Introductory notes and beautiful, detailed illustrations add to young readers' understanding of the seven Native nations whose traditions have inspired the plays.

Uses drama to tell seven different stories from Native American traditions including the Abenaki, Ojibway, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Snohomish, Tlingit, and Zuni.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Seven traditional Native American tales are reworked into plays for children to present. Abenaki, Ojibway, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Snohomish, Tlingit, and Zuni are all represented. Each play is introduced with some factual information about the people and thoughtfully crafted with the child in mind. Simplicity with attention to authenticity has guided Bruchac. Costume and prop ideas are creative, practical and economical. While each play has a few key figures, ideas for expanding the parts to include as many students as necessary have been provided. Children will enjoy performing these plays, and will learn about tricksters such as Gluskabe and Wihio. The full-color artwork--one page for each play--is full of life and movement. The additional pen and ink drawings provide visual clues for the children, giving them a clearer understanding of the storylines and cultural distinctions such as styles of houses and clothing. Additionally, there is a " Sources/Bibliography" included at the end. Every elementary teacher and librarian will want to add this to the collection. 2000, Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 7 to 10, $17.99. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Anyone looking for an unusual way to introduce Native American cultures and stories might try this collection. The scripts are based on tales from the Abenaki, Ojibway, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Snohomish, Tlingit, and Zuni and are accompanied by brief introductions to each tribe and its culture. Many Native words and phrases are included in the dialogues, along with helpful pronunciations. The short, simple scripts are accessible to young, inexperienced actors. The casts include speaking and nonspeaking parts that can be adjusted to group needs. Suggestions are given for easy-to-make costumes, props, and scenery. A variety of pen-and-ink drawings illustrate the plays, as well as one lively gouache illustration per selection. Through color and style, the paintings reflect the regions and cultures of the tribes and add to readers' appreciation and understanding of the atmosphere and setting.-Darcy Schild, Schwegler Elementary School, Lawrence, KS Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Bonnie Fowler
The illustrations, rendered in both opaque watercolor and pen-and-ink drawings, provide students with a visual understanding of the various tribal settings.
Bookbag Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803721685
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 363,865
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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