The Rainbow Bridge

The Rainbow Bridge

by Audrey Wood, Robert Florczak

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Hutash the earth goddess creates a rainbow bridge—and saves her people from drowning by turning them into dolphins.


Hutash the earth goddess creates a rainbow bridge—and saves her people from drowning by turning them into dolphins.

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"A shining example of economy and elegance of text, originality of interpretation and dazzling illustrative technique....Collaborative storytelling at its best."—Publishers Weekly
"Enthralling."—San Francisco Chronicle
"Dynamic pictures and an unusual story set this volume apart from the familiar run of Native American tales."—School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Drawn from a Native American legend, this story follows the migration of an overpopulated tribe via a miraculous bridge. PW's starred review called it "collaborative storytelling at its best." Ages 4-8. (May)n Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Audrey Wood, author of some thirty books, presents a retelling of the Chumash Indian legend about the origin of the dolphins. The earth goddess Hutash was lonely and wished to share her island home (now Santa Cruz Island). She scattered seeds gathered from a sacred plant and they yielded men and women made in her likeness. In time the Chumash Tribe grew, crowding the island, frightening animals, destroying the flora, and keeping the goddess from sleep. To remedy the intolerable situation, Hutash visited the tribe and directed half people to leave the island, cross the ocean, and make new homes in the distant land (today's Santa Barbara). As the people crossed Hutash's rainbow bridge, some lost faith, falling into the ocean. Rather than drowning, the people were changed by Hustash into dolphins. This is why the Chumash believe that dolphins are the brothers and sisters of their tribe. Florczak's achieves a depth and detail to his paintings by using multiple coats of glazing applied over the oil paints.
San Francisco Chronicle

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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First Edition
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9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.17(d)
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Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Audrey Wood  is the author of many beloved books for children, including the bestselling classic The Napping House, its companion The Full Moon at the Napping House, Caldecott Honor Book King Bidgood's in the BathtubHeckedy Peg, Piggies, and Piggy Pie Po, all of which were illustrated by her husband, Don Wood. The Woods divide their time between California and Hawaii.

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