The Sun's Daughter

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Once there was a time when the people of the earth did not have to tend the fields, for the Sun’s daughters—Maize, Pumpkin, and Red Bean—walked among them, leaving lush crops wherever they stepped. But then headstrong Maize disobeyed her mother and was trapped by cold, lonely Silver, and the Sun vowed not to touch the earth again until Maize was returned.

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R. Gregory Christie Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 2005 Hard Cover New 9 x 11. Glossy pictorial hardcover, no D/J. Tells an Iroquois legend of how the tiny pewee bird saved Maize ... and the People. With stunnings paintings by an award-winning illustrator. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Once there was a time when the people of the earth did not have to tend the fields, for the Sun’s daughters—Maize, Pumpkin, and Red Bean—walked among them, leaving lush crops wherever they stepped. But then headstrong Maize disobeyed her mother and was trapped by cold, lonely Silver, and the Sun vowed not to touch the earth again until Maize was returned.

How the tiny pewee bird saved Maize and kept the people from starving is eloquently told in this tale, which, though based on an Iroquois legend, parallels the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter. The lovely, unusual images in the text are dramatically complemented by R. Gregory Christie’s masterful paintings. Afterword.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A moving tale of selfishness and bravery...suitable for readalouds...a folkloric look at the seasons." BCCB Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Authentic, even majestic...will sow the seeds for discussions about myths and the role they play." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Publishers Weekly

"Evocative, unusual offering...particularly in the context of comparative studies of world folklore." BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

"The authentically detailed narrative has a nice lilt and flow, making it appropriate for sharing aloud." THE HORN BOOK Horn Book

"Charmingly told with eloquent phrasing and vocabulary...folk-art style is energetic and exuberant...will work comfortably as a read-aloud." SLJ School Library Journal

Children's Literature
Inspired by Iroquois tales of the Corn Maiden, the author has created an original pourquoi story about Maize and her sisters Red Bean and Pumpkin. Portrayed as young Iroquois women—in evocative, expressionistic gouache acrylic and tempera paintings—the three sisters live an idyllic life until Maize is tempted to wander off and falls in love with lonely Silver. When Maize remains in Silver's cave, her mother, the Sun, becomes angry and sad and declares that neither she nor her other daughters will touch the earth until Maize returns. Rather like the Greek story of Demeter and Persephone, winter falls and there is much suffering until the peewee birds convince the bare trees to "please weep" thus causing Silver to release Maize for six months of the year and causing Sun to touch earth for six months. By the end of the tale the seasons; the relationship of corn, beans and pumpkins; the cry of the peewee birds; the sun's important role; and the rising of sap in trees in early spring are explained in a symbolic way. The colorful text, which incorporates lively dialogue should help make this picture book a good read-aloud choice for a fairly wide audience. The tale could also enliven a science unit on weather or biology, or social studies units on ancient Greece or Native Americans. An author's note explains how this original tale was inspired by Iroquois tales and other folklore. 2005, Clarion/Houghton Mifflin, Ages 5 to 8.
—Gisela Jernigan, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-Inspired by Iroquois tales of the Corn Maiden and her sisters, this original story tells how Maize, Red Bean, and Pumpkin walked the earth spreading a bounty of food in their wake. Despite being warned to stay in the open fields under their mother's watchful gaze, Maize goes walking at night. Silver (alias the Moon) sees her and begs for her warmth, and Maize spends the night with him. When Sun finds Maize missing, she removes her other daughters and burns the earth with her furious gaze. The Sun then turns her face away and vows not to touch the earth until Maize returns. Only after the little pewee birds encourage the maples to "please weep" sweet sap does Silver compromise, allowing Maize half of the year in the Sun. The story is charmingly told with eloquent phrasing and vocabulary. The artwork, done in a folk-art style, is energetic and exuberant, and the brush strokes are used to dramatic effect across the spreads. This is both a pourquoi tale and a fable, and will work comfortably as a read-aloud.-Cris Riedel, Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School, Dansville, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This original story by the first time author is a pourqoui tale of the seasons, similar to the familiar Greek legend of Persephone. In the before time, Sun's daughters Maize, Pumpkin and Red Bean provide food in the midst of perpetual warmth. Maize, however, will not heed her mother's warnings to stay in the open fields, and, wandering off the path, she encounters Silver. In spite of his icy coldness, she warms his skin and spends the night in his cave. Angered when she does not return, Sun denies her gifts to the people. The little gray pewee birds bring about her release for half the year by flying through the trees begging them, "Please weep. Please weep." When they do, Silver keeps his promise to let Maize go for half a year, so seasons come to the people. Sherman states that the tale is an inspiration not an adaptation. Christie fills his paintings with the earthly hues of oranges, yellows and greens while his figures are more impressionistic than solid. While adding to the canon of Iroquois lore is to be commended, this reads as if the specifics of northeastern flora and fauna are simply grafted on to a universal tale. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618324309
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Sherman lives in Cambridge, MA. The Sun's Daughter is her first book.

R. Gregory Christie is a Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winner and a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award recipient. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Please visit his website to learn more: www.gas-art.com.

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