The Legend of the Bluebonnet: An Old Tale of Texas

The Legend of the Bluebonnet: An Old Tale of Texas


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When a killing drought threatens the existence of the tribe, a courageous little Comanche girl sacrifices her most beloved possession—and the Great Spirit's answer results not only in much needed rain but a very special gift in return.

"An ideal complement to Native American and Texas studies..."Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698113596
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/28/1996
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 66,159
Product dimensions: 9.88(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934 to a family of Irish and Italian background. By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life's work would be. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.

It drove him through the years of teaching, designing greeting cards and stage sets, and painting church murals until 1965, when he illustrated his first children's book, Sound, by Lisa Miller for Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children's books.

He names Fra Angelico and Giotto, Georges Rouault, and Ben Shahn as major influences on his work, but he soon found his own unique style. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.

Tomie dePaola has published almost 200 children's books in fifteen different countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.

Tomie lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.

- He has been published for over 30 years.
- Over 5 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.
- His books have been published in over 15 different countries.
- He receives nearly 100,000 fan letters each year.

Tomie dePaola has received virtually every significant recognition forhis books in the children's book world, including:

- Caldecott Honor Award from American Library Association
- Newbery Honor Award from American Library Association
- Smithson Medal from Smithsonian Institution
- USA nominee in illustration for Hans Christian Andersen Medal
- Regina Medal from Catholic Library Association

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.


Connecticut and New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1935

Place of Birth:

Meriden, CT

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Legend of the Bluebonnet 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
cassielanzas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Legend of the Bluebonnet is an adaptation of a comanche tale by Tomie dePaola. A comanche community is facing a famine due to a drought. the Shaman returns to the people and tells them that they must sacrifice their most valued possession to get rain again. A young oprhaned girl waits until everyone falls asleep and burns her doll from her family. She spreads the ashes. The ashes become the bluebonnet flower and it begins to rain. I thought this was a beautiful tale. It could be used in a classroom as a read around in a unit on Native American culture.
MsLangdon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part CaDePaola, T. (1983). The legend of the bluebonnet. New York: Penguin Putnam.The land of the Comanche people was suffering from a drought. They sang for days and asked the great spirits what they could do to be forgiven. The girl named She-Who-Is-Alone sacrificed her most prized possesion, her doll. The next morning the fields were covered in beautiful blue flowers and then it began to rain. The people thanked the spirits for the rain and they renamed the girl One-Who-Dearly-Loved-Her-People. A unique feature of this book is that the girl is alone because the famine has killed her family members, but by the end of the book she is no longer alone.
ReadAloudDenver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A tale of sacrifice by a selfless Comanche girl who gives up her most prized possession so that the Great Spirits will bring life-giving rain to the drought-stricken land. If you like this book, you'll also like "Erandi's Braids" which was also illustrated by Tomie dePaola and written by Antonio Hernandez Madrigal. This book is rich in new vocabulary words including Comanche people, healing rains, famine, drought, buckskin, polished, brilliant, shaman, plentiful, distant days, burnt offering, possession, sacrifice, restored, bow, tipis, glowed, crept, suffering, flames, ashes, bluebonnets, miraculous, feathers and scarcely.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Comanche people are dying because of a long draught, but when they find out that the way to end the draught is to give up their most treasured possessions, they don¿t want to. One little girl treasures a warrior doll made for her by her dead family most of all, and she burns it as asked. When she does, bluebonnets cover the hills to show she has earned forgiveness for her people.
slblack2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book about the legend of the bluebonnet. A young Native American named She-Who-Is-Alone sacrafices her favorite doll to try and bring rain to her tribe. The lands where dying and the tribe was suffering. Because of her great sacrifice the gods sent rain to this tribe. Every year the land is filled with bluebonnets. The tribe renamed the girl to "One-Who-Dearly-Loved-Her-People."
Kourtlin.Harrison on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This book is about a Native American girl named She-Who-Is-Alone. She lives in a place that the people are dying because the land is dry.The little girl was given a doll from her mother and father that had died from the famine when she was young. The People hear from the "Great Spirits" and are told to give up their most valuable possession. The girl decides to sacrifice her doll for the land. When she does, blue flowers appear over the land and it rains, bringing the land back to life. Personal Reaction: This book makes me think of the Native American cultures of my community. Since I was raised in Oklahoma, this culture is very prevalent. It also relates to me because Texas is so close to Oklahoma. This book could help incorporate the Native American culture into the classroom.Classroom Extension Ideas:1. As a class we could do a study into Native American culture by reading other books along with this one. Since Lawton is strongly influenced by this culture, we could visit the Great Plains Museum to enhance our understanding. 2. Since this book is about the girl sacrificing her doll, the students could write about their most prized possession. They could talk about what their feelings would be if they had to give that item up. 3. Being close to Fort Sill, we could write letters to the soldiers thanking them for their sacrifice. This would work on their writing skills and help them relate the importance of people sacrificing.
kaitye24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really love the little girl in the book. I recommend this for a lesson learning experience for children.
fvalle89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Did this as a read-aloud for fourth graders. They enjoyed the book and we had a great discussion on legends and what they are. I think it is beneficial to expose them to other cultures through legends because it may be easier to relate to legends than other texts.
EmilyWilhite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review: This book is a good example of a folktale because it is a story based on historical people and places, and is drawn from people's religious beliefs, customs, and values. It is a retelling of the Comanche Indian legend of how a little girl's sacrifice brought the flower called bluebonnet to Texas.Level: Intermediate
irisdovie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book as it made me feel both happy and sad at the same time. Like many Native American books, there is a sense of sacrifice to it in order for a heroic act to be completed. I would use this book in a school setting for second or third graders.
megjwal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie DePaolaThis story is an Indian tale about a village that had no rain. They tried and tried to make it rain, but it would not. A young girl decides to sacrifice her most prized possession to help her people.I like this story because it is about a young girl who sees a need and tries to fulfill it. I think children need to learn that sacrificing some things you really like to help others. I would use this story with first and second graders. I would ask them to think about someone who has needed their help. I would read the story with them. I would ask them to write about a way they could help someone in need in the present or future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book as well as "The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush" are two of my most beloved stories from my childhood. I'm going to buy it not just for myself to put in my collection, but for my son as well.
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