At the southernmost tip of New Jersey lie the resort town of Cape May and its sparkling sandy beaches, sheltering the Delaware Bay. Formed by melting glaciers thousands of years past, the Delaware River flows from its headwaters to spill into the Delaware Bay. And for thousands of years, fragments of quartz rock have ridden the river, plucked from the mountains lining its banks. Polished and buffed as they tumble along, these rock particles dazzle like gemstones when tossed onto Cape May's sandy shores. Beloved by beachcombers, these "diamonds" are the daughters of the river, linking the state's past and present. Delving into the natural beauty of New Jersey's famous coastline, storyteller Trinka Hakes Noble has crafted a wondrous tale explaining the origin of the Cape May Diamond.Trinka Hakes Noble's award-winning picture books include The Last Brother, The Scarlet Stockings Spy (an IRATeachers' Choice, 2005), and the popular Jimmy's Boa series. Her awards include ALANotable Children's Book, IRA-CBC Children's Choice, and several Junior Literary Guild Selections. She lives in Bernardsville, New Jersey. E.B. Lewis is the acclaimed illustrator of numerous award-winning picture books, including the 2005 Caldecott Honor Book, Coming On Home Soon. He teaches illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is a member of the Society of Illustrators in New York City. He lives in Folsom, New Jersey.
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Legend of the Cape May Diamond based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This book is for adults and children and should be on every beach house table. It is a beautifully illustrated tale about the journey of special clear quartz crystal found at the end of the Delaware River. I enjoyed reading about the Native American use of the stones, especially for anyone interested in New Jersey history. It creates a strong desire to go to the Cape May sandy shores and look for stones now.
This wonderful children's book, about the Lenape Tribes who lived peacefully along their beloved river, the Delaware River, in many parts of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware, remains a strong Native American legend of history.The illustrations by E.B. Lewis are rich and colorful pictures painting the history of the Lenape Tribe. The poetic, mystical storytelling of Trinka Hakes Noble shares with us the legend of the mighty Delaware River moving its waters south to the Bay of Cape May. We discover that it takes two thousand years for these small pebbles to complete their travels downriver.Later on in the story, we learn that a young Kechemeche boy named Ma-eh-hu-mund, One-Who-Gathers-Things, finds one of these 'precious daughters of Delaware,' glistening like teardrops in the sand.It is said that one of these 'little traveling stones' was used as a seal of friendship (symbol of loyalty) between and Indian Chief, King Nummy and a settler Christopher Leaming. He has the stone fashioned and polished and it became known as the Cape May diamond... "This will please the river."A favorite part: "Like dutiful daughters the little stones did as the river asked. For thousands of years they journeyed along the river bottom, unseen. Over and over again the little stones were naturally scoured and burnished and polished by the rough riverbed, then washed clean by the slow-moving currents until they began to shine like gems."I love the book! ***** stars.