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Beardream by Will Hobbs, Jill Kastner

A powerful story about a boy's mystical experience and the gift he brings back to his people

Will Hobbs, well known for his older fiction on Western and Native American themes, offers his first picture book based on a story drawn from Ute lore and a story of primary importance in two of his novels for older readers. It is springtime, and Short Tail and his people are concerned that they have not yet seen the Great Bear. Has he survived the winter? Is he still sleeping? Short Tail decides to go up on the mountain to see, and later in a magical dream of his own, he does find the Great Bear and wakes him. In gratitude the Great Bear takes him to where the other bears are performing their dance to celebrate the end of winter, a majestic dance that they teach him and that he takes back to teach his people. Jill Kastner's stunning paintings depict not only the rugged terrain in which the story takes place, but the subtle power of a ritual performed to this day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780613284141
Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Publication date: 06/28/2000
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.62(w) x 12.50(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

Will Hobbs is the award-winning author of many popular adventure stories for young readers, including Bearstone and Beardance. His picture book, Beardream, illustrated by Jill Kastner, is a companion to these novels. Seven of his novels have been chosen by the American Library Association as Best Books for Young Adults. A graduate of Stanford University and former language arts teacher, he lives in Durango, Colorado, with his wife, Jean. Longtime backpackers and river runners, they have spent many years exploring the mountain and canyon settings of Will's stories.
To learn more about the author and his books, visit Will's Web site at www.WillHobbsAuthor.com.

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