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An American Indian prince is flung from his canoe during a storm. Washed ashore in the mysterious world of the Killer Whale people, the boy finds himself in an unfamiliar village, being welcomed by a strange and giant tribe. Winner of the American Book Award, Washington State Governor's Award, Best Children's Book of the Pacific Northwest, and also a PBS "Storytime" selection. Full color.

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Overview

An American Indian prince is flung from his canoe during a storm. Washed ashore in the mysterious world of the Killer Whale people, the boy finds himself in an unfamiliar village, being welcomed by a strange and giant tribe. Winner of the American Book Award, Washington State Governor's Award, Best Children's Book of the Pacific Northwest, and also a PBS "Storytime" selection. Full color.

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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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.
Janice Del Negro
An adaptation from traditional oral sources of the Haida and Tlingit peoples of the northwest coast of North America, this adventure story concerns a chief's young son who is thrown from a canoe and finds himself on the shore of a strange village. Welcomed as a "son of a chief from above," the boy joins the welcome celebration, learns the dances of his hosts, and teaches his rescuers the dances of his own people. When he returns to his native village, he is greeted with joy because he was believed drowned. Because the narrative style is direct and concrete and the book design is so effective the type is large and readable; the paintings fill double-page spreads, the tale is worth reading aloud. The artwork is powerful and arresting: large geometric shapes and strong details in red, white, and black reflect the ceremonial art of the Haida and Tlingit. Extensive notes are provided.
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Lewis employs native Northwest coast motifs in the striking art and in the original narrative of htis convincingly mythic tale. —School Library Journal, Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836822298
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: ILLUSTRATE
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 years

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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