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The Warrior Twins: A Navajo Hero Myth

The Warrior Twins: A Navajo Hero Myth

by Anita Yasuda, Mark Pennington (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature - Leona Illig
American Indian culture is rich with myths that attempt to explain the world. This book, part of the "Short Tales Myths" series, tells the story of the twin heroes, Monster Slayer and Born for Water, who made the world safe for people by killing dangerous monsters that were roaming the earth. The tale has many features common to other folk tales: a mysterious birth, an unknown father, a search for identity, a benevolent mentor who grants special powers, and a test to prove courage. In the end, the twins are able to help mankind by defeating most of the monsters, but they allow five to live: Hunger, Poverty, Sleep, Lice, and Old Age. Their reasons for sparing these monsters serve to underscore their love and respect for humanity. Throughout the tale, links are made between the world of the twin heroes and the real world today: the bones of fallen monsters are the fossils that we still find in the western part of the United States, and the blood of the slain Big Giant is the lava that flows today. The text consists of a few sentences, artfully separated from the illustrations, on each page. The illustrations are colorful, and some of the facial expressions are quite striking. The book contains a page describing the characters and a short introduction to Navajo myths. Children who are interested in American Indian culture will find this book, and probably the whole series, interesting and instructive. All children, however, are likely to enjoy this story, since so many of the elements are familiar to them from the popular culture of superheroes. Reviewer: Leona Illig

Product Details

ABDO Publishing Company
Publication date:
Short Tales Native American Myths Series
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.30(d)
550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Anita Yasuda is a qualified Montessori early childhood education teacher and the author of Greetings from Buffalo; Hello Kitty: Cute, Creative & Collectible; and Snapshots of San Diego: Sun, Surf & Sand. She lives in Orangeville, Ontario. Bryan Stone is a cartoonist who graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies and the illustrator of Explore Colonial America! He lives in White River Junction, Vermont.

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