Dael and the Painted People

Dael and the Painted People

by Allan Richard Shickman


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Dael and the Painted People by Allan Richard Shickman

A prehistoric adventure, this is the third of the Zan-Gah young adult books. When Dael, guilty and tormented, came to live with the tribe of the painted people, he longed for peace and restoration; but without knowing it, he made a powerful enemy. Luckily, Dael had friends-including a troop of crows-and his own mystical powers. The disturbed and violent hero learns from the Children of the Earth, and from his submissive wife, a new way of life that is peaceful and generous. Dael and the Painted People is a story of conflict, healing, hate, and love by the winner of the Eric Hoffer Award, a finalist for the ForeWord magazine Book of the Year Award, and the Mom's Choice Gold Seal for Excellence in a family-friendly book series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780979035760
Publisher: Earthshaker Books
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Series: Zan-Gah Series
Pages: 155
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Artist, teacher, author, and historian Allan Richard Shickman was an art history professor at the University of Northern Iowa for three decades. His first novel, Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure, won an Eric Hoffer Notable Book Award, and was a finalist for the ForeWord magazine Book of the Year Award. The series, including Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country, received the Mom's Choice Gold Seal for Excellence in family-friendly literature. Dael and the Painted People is the third of the Zan-Gah book series. He has also published articles in English Literary Renaissance, Studies in English Literature, Notes and Queries, Colby Quarterly, Art Bulletin, and Art History.

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Dael and the Painted People 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
Dael, Zan-Gah's twin brother, is tormented by his nightmares and memory of killing the old wasp woman, Hurnoa. He decides he needs to leave his people. Leaving his home and family he asks Sparrow, the mute heart broken female, to travel with him. As Dael travels he starts to feel differently on everything. Two broken souls traveling together not knowing where to go. But Dael remembers the connection he felt for the red people as they are as alien to him as he is to his people and wants to live with them. But where things go smoothly and Dael fits in, there is still trouble around the corner. We start to see a new side to Dael here. He is far more than the broken destructive man we thought he was prior to this book. In Daels journey we visit old places and memories of Daels' from childhood to his living with the cruel people how took him through to the current time back with his family. Dael starts to reflect on his life and the terrible things he had done to others. We get a view of Dael from the inside as he heals, and as well from others who view him from a new and his changes. Seeing Dael through fresh eyes helps us to see Dael as not being the violent man we remember giving him a fresh start in our minds as with the new people he is living with. This was a great way to take Dael from what we remember him as and place him in new surroundings to give us, the reader, a chance to feel for Dael. Even come to like him. We see the evolution of man and their abilities to learn and do new things in the world. We learn of different life styles in which different people in different regions lived. Different surroundings, different believes, different living. We see the red people now and their way of life, which turns out to be the best thing for Dael, and Sparrow. I liked seeing Dael with his own book with his growth and learning. This is his healing period. We are reminded in the beginning of the friends and family he left, and in the end we hear of them again. The world these cave people live in is quickly changing, and they are the ones evolving quickly to change it. I like the take on the evolution of caveman that is viewed in this book. Nice to see a view of the evolution of the times from the beginning when man had nothing but themselves and the land around them.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
This book is the third in the series of prehistoric novels and begins with where the previous one ends. Dael leaves his tribe to find the tribe of the Painted People. He takes along Sparrow, his companion who is mute. Together they find and live with the new tribe With all three books, Shickman has created a believable world with real characters that can be enjoyed by not just the young but by the whole family.
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
I was thrilled when I was contacted about reviewing the third book in the Zan-Gah series. Although I received the book quite some time back, I held off reviewing it. While reviewing the many other books I had back-logged. I read this book a chapter at a time. I don't normally do this. The reason? I wanted to re-read it quickly a week or two before I posted my review. In my classroom we are currently reading our core curriculum's novel "Dar and the Spear Thrower". I wanted to be able to showcase the Zan-Gah Series to my students. I believe the story it tells is much richer yet still gives the students a glimpse of the time period. I was excited as we started the unit last week to be able to show the books to my students. I pull them from my shelves until we start the unit. In Dael and the Painted People we find Zan-Gah's twin leaving the Ba-Coro clan. He takes with him Sparrow. He is not sure why he asks her at first. Maybe because he is lonely and she has always been an outcast because of her inability to speak. They are accompanied by two wolves, Dara and Nata. They are ready protectors, as well as hunters in a land that is harsh. It is obvious from the beginning of the book that Dael is still haunted by his past and still has so much pent up anger. It was refreshing to read that he and Sparrow meet the Painted People, also known as the Children of the Earth. They paint their bodies red. It is through this clan that Dael finally begins to find peace and healing. It is here he finds love and learns to harness his anger. Once again I have say that the characters were well fleshed out. If I had to pick one of the three books as my favorite I would have to choose this one. To see such a change in a character was wonderful and believable. I have loved this series. When our department chair came and informed me we could choose alternate books to go with our Core Units, this was at the top of my list. Why? It is well written. I think it covers the concepts much better than the books picked by our district. Most importantly, they want us to encourage our students to read more books by the author, so I would prefer having them read a series. I've already shared this with one of the other teachers and she is as excited as I am and has started reading the series to her students. I look forward to many more books by this author that I can share with my students.
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
Dael and the Painted People by Allan Richard Shickman is the third book in the Zan-Gah series. The main character in this novel is Dael, Zan-Gah's twin brother. Dael has been through a lot. He was kidnapped by the wasp people as a child and tortured. He also lost his wife and child during childbirth. Dael is left emotionally scarred. He is full of hate and bitterness. As a result of his actions he must leave his home with the Ba-Coro. He takes with him, Sparrow, a young woman who can't speak. Together they make their way in search of the painted people. Allan Shickman has not gone easy on Dael. Dael has been through a lot in his life. He is full of anger and bitterness. All that he loved he now despises. In the past two books I've felt sorry for Dael. His character is very rough around the edges. Dael's put up a lot of walls that keep people out and make him hard to like. In this book some of the walls come down. I really liked how the author showed a different side of Dael and the inner struggles that take place inside of him. I was surprised that Dael took Sparrow with him. Sparrow can't speak and is meek. She didn't seem the sort of companion Dael would have chosen to go with him on his journey. I really liked seeing her character develop throughout this story. In a way her name suits her personality. Like a sparrow she is small and delicate but she's also strong and resourceful. The story line in this book is really good. Even though this is Dael's story, I was really glad that Shickman didn't leave out the characters from the previous books. Dael's journey in this book is really symbolic to the inner healing that takes place inside Dael. Every step he takes toward the Painted People, he takes a step away from his harrowing past. I really like that the Painted People are a complete contradiction to how Dael has lived his life. The Painted People are very friendly, accepting and generous. They accept Dael and Sparrow with no questions asked and make them part of their tribe. However trouble seems to follow Dael where ever he goes. He quickly makes an enemy of Shunar, the tribe's shaman. Shunar will stop at nothing until he can get rid of Dael. The altercation between the two characters really tests Dael's resolve. This is a wonderful series set in prehistoric times. Allan Richard Shickman does a wonderful job writing about the hardships and challenges of living in this time period. The characters are wonderfully developed. Dael and the Painted People is a story about forgiveness, strength, and restoration. It is an emotionally charged adventure that is overwhelmingly brilliant. This is one of those series that kids as well as their parents enjoy reading. I enjoyed this book thoroughly and highly recommend this series.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Is it true what some people say, that you can never go home again? In this third book of the Zan-Gah prehistoric young adult series, Dael has decided to leave his people, the Ba-Coro tribe. In the first book, Zan-Gah goes to find his twin brother Dael, who had been captured by the Wasp People and then sold to the Noi tribe. In the second book, the two brothers lead the Ba-Coro people to the Beautiful Country where the Wasp People had formerly lived but died out in a plague. However, haunted by his abuse at the hands of the Wasp and Noi people and the deaths of his wife Lissa-Na and their child, Dael has become very violent and unpredictable. After the Ba-Coro tribe almost divides between the followers of Dael and the followers of Zan-Gah, Dael goes to dwell with the Painted People whom they had met on their trek to the Beautiful Country. He asks a young mute girl named Sparrow to accompany him, almost like a servant, and his pet wolves, Dara and Nata which he had given to two of his followers, also come running after them. The painted people, who call themselves "the children of the earth," live in the land of red rocks and color their skin with crimson dye from the soil. Their council of elders is headed by a woman named Mlaka. Dael makes friends with a man named Koli, but Mlaka's brother, Schnur, is the tribe's shaman, and he becomes Dael's enemy. Dael had learned some medicine from Lissa-Na and helps cure some of the painted people. Also, Dael has dreams and "fits" which Schnur believes are visits to the spirit world over which he thinks that he himself should have control. And Dael is liked by the crows who dwell nearby, but the shaman interprets this as an evil omen too. Slowly, Dael's inner wounds begin to heal, but Schnur considers him a rival and even tries to kill him. Will Dael choose to remain with the painted people or return home? And if he wants to go home, will he survive the shaman's wrath to make it? Like its predecessors, Dael and the Painted People is a well-crafted story with easy-to-follow action and the right amount of suspense to keep the reader turning the pages to find out what happens next. Parents may want to know that after Dael and Sparrow left the Ba-Coro, the statement is made, "That night, under the doubtful orb, on a soft and yielding place encircled by thorny growth, Sparrow conceived a child-while the two wolves wailed at the shadowy lantern." However, no more detail than that is given, and the two later marry according to the tradition of the painted people. Also, Dael eats some special mushrooms which Lissa-Na had shown him and they seem to bring him into an ecstatic, almost hallucinogenic, state, but he eventually quits using them, and they cause some serious problems for Schnur when he finds out about them. There is a bit more mysticism in this book than in the other two, which some people may not care for, but generally it is an interesting and readable tale set in prehistoric times.