Storm Boy

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After a violent seastorm, a Haida prince washes ashore in the supernatural realm of the strange and colossal killer whale people. There his spiritual journey begins. Powerful illustrations make stunning use of northwest coast Native American motifs to create a compelling atmosphere of mystery and displacement. Over 50,000 copies in print! 1996 American Book Award winner 1995 Best Children's Book of the Pacific Northwest 1996 Washington State Governor's Award winner

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Overview

After a violent seastorm, a Haida prince washes ashore in the supernatural realm of the strange and colossal killer whale people. There his spiritual journey begins. Powerful illustrations make stunning use of northwest coast Native American motifs to create a compelling atmosphere of mystery and displacement. Over 50,000 copies in print! 1996 American Book Award winner 1995 Best Children's Book of the Pacific Northwest 1996 Washington State Governor's Award winner

A story drawn from Haida Indian literary tradition in which a boy falls from his canoe into a world of eighteen-foot tall humanlike creatures who welcome him and eventually return him to his village.

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"Vibrant illustrations and ceremonial artwork." —Chesapeake Family Magazine"Lewis manages to respect Northwest Coast tradition, the mystery and beauty of its art and story, while giving it new life and manifest appeal." —School Library Journal"Storm Boy is an excellent children's book and unquestionably deserving, if not begging, to sit on the shelf of every library in the nation." —Western Native News
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lewis (Davy's Dream) draws on folkloric and artistic traditions of the Pacific Northwest coastal tribes for this somewhat attentuated tale. Thrown from his canoe during a storm, a boy is ``washed ashore under a strange sky he had never seen before.'' Inhabitants of the coastal village, who are very large and dressed in vivid garb, welcome him with a feast and a celebration. The chief recognizes the boy's homesickness and returns him to ``his very own village''-where he discovers that a year has passed in his absence. Though the totem-like motifs of Lewis's boldly colored and sharply defined artwork provide drama, several illustrations are repetitious. Also, despite a few clues (fish swimming in what appears to be the sky, killer whales displayed like trophies in one of the strangers' houses) the story's key element may perplex younger readers-these ``finely dressed people'' are in fact whales in human form. A comprehensive-and sophisticated-author's note credits the mythological motifs encountered in the story (Separation, Initiation and Return) to the writings of Joseph Campbell. Ages 5-10. (May)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Native Americans from the Northwest Coast provide the background and setting for this original heroic adventure story. A chief's son is lost and ends up under the waves, living with a strange people who appear to be killer whales when they go out into the water. They share knowledge and help the boy returns to his people. After he relates his adventures, he is granted the right to display a killer whale crest and his story becomes a legend among his people. Extensive notes about the culture and paintings that display clothing, totems and other Native American artifacts make this book a useful one for social studies or multicultural programs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582460574
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 45,325
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.01 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL OWEN LEWIS lives near Seattle, Washington, and is the author/illustrator of eight books. When not stargazing, he is visiting schools and conferences across North America.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2002

    I like it! It has spunk.

    I did a report on this book and i love it!! It tells alot about how you should not go out alone and stuff. The 1st time i read it it dident make sence but the 2end time it did. I lerd alot from this story about the boy about the tribe about the auther. This story has spunk!

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