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Storm Boy

Storm Boy

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by Paul Owen Lewis
     
 

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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"

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552852682
Publisher:
Whitecap Books, Limited
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 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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Storm Boy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!