Rainbow Crow

Rainbow Crow

by Nancy Nancy Van, Beatriz Vidal

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Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Long, long ago, before humans were created, animals lived in a kind of paradise of endless summer, until, inexplicably, snow begins to fall, without ceasing. Altruistic rainbow crow volunteers to fly up to the Great Sky Spirit to try and stop the snow. How he accomplishes this, ends up explaining how fire came to earth, why crows caw, why they have iridescent black feathers and why they are not usually hunted by humans. Bright, folk-art style paintings add to the appeal of this picture book based on a Lenape legend. A Source Note, facts about the Lenape people and crows, a quiz, and directions for making a Rainboq Crow mobile, are included. This would be a good choice for story time.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- A Native American legend that will be a fine read-aloud because of the smooth text and songs with repetitive chants. The Rainbow Crow brings fire on a burning stick from the Great Spirit in the sky to the snow-covered woodland animals. Because of the smoke he inhales as he flies back to the woodlands, he unselfishly loses his beautiful voice. No longer is he a rainbow-colored bird, but a black crow. His crackly ``caw'' and plain black feathers give him his freedom, however, for man, who has not yet arrived in the woodlands, will not hunt crow. Because Crow cannot sing, his feathers are black, and his meat tastes like fire and smoke, he will be free. Thus is his unselfishness rewarded. The illustrations, done in a primitive style, create a true sense of the Pennsylvania Lenape Indians and their winters. Raccoon, deer, beaver, fox, and pheasant are all clearly depicted in soft colors. --Kathleen Riley, Hilltop Elementary School, Beachwood, Ohio

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Random House Children's Books
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4 - 8 Years

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