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Welcome the second book in the Folktales of the World series! Engaging, inspirational, and above all entertaining, these legends come from Native American peoples across the U.S. Richly illustrated with original art, they capture a wide range of belief systems and wisdom from the Cherokee, Cheyenne, Hopi, Lenape, Maidu, Seminole, Seneca, and other tribes. The beautifully r Welcome the second book in the Folktales of the World series! Engaging, inspirational, and above all entertaining, these legends come from Native American peoples across the U.S. Richly illustrated with original art, they capture a wide range of belief systems and wisdom from the Cherokee, Cheyenne, Hopi, Lenape, Maidu, Seminole, Seneca, and other tribes. The beautifully retold tales, all with informative introductions, range from creation myths to animal fables to stirring accounts of bravery and sacrifice. Find out how stories first came to be, and how the People came to the upper world. Meet Rabbit, the clever and irresistible Creek trickster. See how the buffalo saved the Lakota people, and why the Pawnee continue to do the Bear Dance to this very day. Stefano Vitale’s art showcases a stunning array of animal figures, masks, totems, and Navajo-style rug patterns, all done in nature’s palette of brilliant turquoises, earth browns, shimmering sun-yellow, vivid fire-orange, and the deep blues of a dark night. 


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Welcome the second book in the Folktales of the World series! Engaging, inspirational, and above all entertaining, these legends come from Native American peoples across the U.S. Richly illustrated with original art, they capture a wide range of belief systems and wisdom from the Cherokee, Cheyenne, Hopi, Lenape, Maidu, Seminole, Seneca, and other tribes. The beautifully r Welcome the second book in the Folktales of the World series! Engaging, inspirational, and above all entertaining, these legends come from Native American peoples across the U.S. Richly illustrated with original art, they capture a wide range of belief systems and wisdom from the Cherokee, Cheyenne, Hopi, Lenape, Maidu, Seminole, Seneca, and other tribes. The beautifully retold tales, all with informative introductions, range from creation myths to animal fables to stirring accounts of bravery and sacrifice. Find out how stories first came to be, and how the People came to the upper world. Meet Rabbit, the clever and irresistible Creek trickster. See how the buffalo saved the Lakota people, and why the Pawnee continue to do the Bear Dance to this very day. Stefano Vitale’s art showcases a stunning array of animal figures, masks, totems, and Navajo-style rug patterns, all done in nature’s palette of brilliant turquoises, earth browns, shimmering sun-yellow, vivid fire-orange, and the deep blues of a dark night. 

30 review for The Girl Who Helped Thunder and Other Native American Folktales

  1. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    The second in Sterling's new Folktales of the World series (following upon Peninnah Schram's The Hungry Clothes and Other Jewish Folktales ), this collection of Native American legends presents twenty-four tales from the different regions of the United States. Retold by Joseph Bruchac, a prolific children's author of Abenaki descent, together with his son James, The Girl Who Helped Thunder is an engaging book, sure to please young folklore enthusiasts. The first section, devoted to the northe The second in Sterling's new Folktales of the World series (following upon Peninnah Schram's The Hungry Clothes and Other Jewish Folktales ), this collection of Native American legends presents twenty-four tales from the different regions of the United States. Retold by Joseph Bruchac, a prolific children's author of Abenaki descent, together with his son James, The Girl Who Helped Thunder is an engaging book, sure to please young folklore enthusiasts. The first section, devoted to the northeast, includes three tales, taken from the Seneca, Lenape and Wampanoag traditions. How Stories Came To Be (Seneca) offers an explanation of the first storyteller and how he learned his craft, emphasizing both the importance of storytelling as a communal activity, and the need to listen carefully. The Girl Who Helped Thunder (Lenape), tells the story of Pretty Face, who ignores her parents' advice in choosing her mate, finding herself married to the terrible snake-monster Amankamek as a result. Maushop, the Good Giant (Wampanoag) tells of a time when the People lived with a benevolent giant, who did much of their work for them, until he realized that his kindness was making them lazy. As Bruchac notes in his introductory comment, this tale emphasizes the importance that the Wampanoag attach to the virtue of self-reliance. The second section is devoted to the southeast, and includes stories from the Cherokee, Seminole, Creek, and Choctaw traditions. The Ball Game Between the Birds and Animals (Cherokee) relates the story of an epic contest between the creatures of the land and of the sky. Like many folktales, it has a dual function, explaining how bat and flying squirrel came to have wings, and also teaching the important lesson that even the small have an important contribution to make. Turtle's Race With Wolf (Seminole) is the tale of Box Turtle and his cousins, who outwit boastful Wolf. Although similar in content to The Tortoise and the Hare type tales, this story emphasizes cunning, rather than steady persistence, as the means of achieving victory. How Rabbit Got Wisdom (Creek) tells the story of clever Rabbit, who, when he goes to the Master of Life to ask for wisdom, is taught that he already has it. Bruchac notes that this wide-spread tale has many variants, both in Native North America and Africa, and speculates that it may have been influenced by the folklore of slaves brought from Africa. For my part, I was reminded of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , in which many characters (the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, etc.) discover that they already possess the thing they seek. Finally, The Coming of Corn (Choctaw) explains how the people were first taught to cultivate corn by Crow, and serves as a reminder that they must share the fruit of the field with the birds. The third section, devoted to the great plains, includes tales from Cheyenne, Lakota, Blackfeet, and Pawnee lore. The Sister and Her Seven Brothers (Cheyenne) tells the story of Red Leaf and her seven adoptive brothers, who must rescue her from Great Buffalo Bull. This tale, also retold by Paul Goble in his Her Seven Brothers , makes an appearance in the TV miniseries The Dreamkeeper , and explains the existence of the Big Dipper. How the Buffalo Came to Be (Lakota) explains the emergence of the people into the upper world, and the sacrifice of the medicine man Tatanka, who turned himself into the first buffalo, in order to provide them with food. Old Man and the Rolling Rock (Blackfeet) tells the story of a deceitful man who retracts gifts he has given and goes back on his word, paying the price in the end. As Bruchac notes, this is a cautionary tale, meant to provide an example of how not to behave. The Bear Man (Pawnee) relates the tale of a hunter who spares a young bear cub, and is rewarded when his own son is saved by the bears, and given many blessings. This story emphasizes the close relationship between the human and animal worlds. The fourth section is devoted to the southwest, and includes tales from the Hopi, Navajo and Isleta Pueblo nations. How the People Came to the Upper World (Hopi) is the story of how the people emerged into a new world of light and hope, with the help of many of the birds and animals. The Hero Twins (Navajo) tells the tale of Monster Slayer and Child Born of Water, two brothers who appeal to their father, the Sun, for aid in their quest to rid the world of monsters. I had not encountered them before, but Bruchac's commentary indicates that the twin-heroes are important figures in many of the folk traditions of Native North America. Why Moon Has One Eye (Isleta Pueblo) explains the existence of night and day, and the waning and waxing of the moon, emphasizing the need for balance in all things. The fifth section is devoted to California, one of the most densely populated regions of Native North America before contact with Europeans, and includes stories from the Maidu, Miwok, Pomo, and Wiyot traditions. Moon and Frog Old Woman (Maidu) relates the tale of Frog Old Woman, who rescues her abducted grandchild from the Moon. This tale offers an explanation of why the moon is in the sky, and why he waxes and wanes. Atypically, the moon is characterized as masculine here, something I had only seen before in Lithuanian folklore. The Story of Tu-tak-a-nu-la (Miwok) is the tale of how little Measuring Worm manages to rescue a trapped mother bear and her cubs, giving his name to the famous stone in Yosemite (El Capitan). How Earth Elder Made the Oak Tree (Pomo) relates the story of the creation of the all-important acorn, which provided the central food source for the indigenous peoples of California. Finally, Why Owl Lives Away from the People (Wiyot) provides an explanation for owl's solitary existence, and offers an important moral on the evils of selfishness. The sixth section is devoted to the northwest, and includes tales from the Salish, Yakama and Wasco peoples. In How the Drum Came to the People (Salish), the Sun dispatches clever Coyote to find a way for humans to "call forth the sound in their hearts," resulting in the creation of the first drum. This tales emphasizes the importance of music and dance, both as a means for individual emotional expression, and for communal happiness. The Two Sisters Who Married Stars (Yakama) relates the tale of two sisters who wish to marry stars, and are transported to the sky land. But a longing for home soon consumes them, and they eventually find their way back to earth, one of them bringing her son along with her. This story explains the origin of the Yakama people, who believe that they are descended from the son of Bright Star. In The Boy Who Went With the Seals (Wasco), a young boy disappears while his father is absorbed in his work, only to reappear years later with the seals. Temporarily taken back into his human family, the boy still longs for the seals... This tale of a child raised by seals reminded me of recent discussions I have had about the theme of feral children, and also recalled the Scots tradition of selkies, or seal-people. The seventh and final section is devoted to the "far north," and contains stories from the Aluutiq, Inuit and Koyukon Alhabascan traditions. The Beluga-Skin Bedaarka follows the story of a solitary young hunter who sets out to find a wife, and must compete in many contests of strength and skill when he finally does encounter the maiden he wants. The generosity of the hunter, in his many victories, is clearly meant to impart a moral lesson to the listener/reader. In The Blind Boy and the Loon (Inuit), a skilled young hunter is blinded by his spiteful stepmother, who is too lazy to cure the meat and tan the hides of the animals he brings home. And finally, How Raven Brought Back the Sun (Koyukon Alhabascan), in which the trickster raven must steal back the sun and moon from the village which is holding them hostage. I enjoyed The Girl Who Helped Thunder, which I read Thanksgiving Day, immensely. Some of the tales were already familiar to me, and others were completely unknown, but all were engaging stories, offering a fascinating glimpse of the diverse folk traditions of Native North America. Stefano Vitale's colorful, folk-motif illustrations added to the sense of enchantment. I do sometimes wonder, why it is that series of folklore collections will devote entire books to one culture group, if it is European, but expect to encompass all of North America's diverse native cultures in one volume. It's a trend I have noticed before, and Sterling seems to be reproducing it with their first three volumes, devoted to Jewish, Native American, and Irish folklore. But whatever qualms I may have about this publishing trend, I still enjoyed the collection.

  2. 5 out of 5

    J

    When it comes to collections of Native American stories they either hit the target really good or they plummet to the ground. Surprisingly there aren't many that seem to ever stick in the middle ground when it comes to these compilations. Fortunately this was one of those that hit the mark and for so many reasons. First of all knowing that there are so many tribes to cover this book has done a wonderful job in showcasing so many. What the compiler does is to break the book down into regional lo When it comes to collections of Native American stories they either hit the target really good or they plummet to the ground. Surprisingly there aren't many that seem to ever stick in the middle ground when it comes to these compilations. Fortunately this was one of those that hit the mark and for so many reasons. First of all knowing that there are so many tribes to cover this book has done a wonderful job in showcasing so many. What the compiler does is to break the book down into regional locations and then gives a broad summary of the groups that lived in the area, some of their lifestyle, how they may have related to other tribes and even what influenced their lifestyles. And then each story started off with a summary that gave even more information about the nation that it came from and what lesson may have been learned from the story to those who heard it. The stories were given in easy to read and understand format. Each were only a few pages long but kept the tribal elements that makes them unique to each other. And then the illustrations which were bright, beautiful and full of colors. Some were uniquely Native American-like in their presentation. Finally the last thing that I enjoyed was the sources that were listed in the back of the book. Most of the time I don't read them but this time it caught my eye. Each source gave where the story could be found or was first published at as well as where the author got the story whether from a book or even a storyteller. Knowing this adds a personal touch to the stories instead of just we collected them. All in all for those who like the Native American stories I would highly recommend this book to be read. You will enjoy the artwork and the stories while knowing how important they are to the continuing spirit of storytelling now as in the present.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    A short but thorough collection of stories from throughout the modern-day continental United States (and potentially some parts of what is now Canada) accompanied by lovely artwork. The author selected 3-5 stories representative of different tribes by geographical area. Each area was discussed and each story's importance was also briefly mentioned. A great collection for younger readers! A short but thorough collection of stories from throughout the modern-day continental United States (and potentially some parts of what is now Canada) accompanied by lovely artwork. The author selected 3-5 stories representative of different tribes by geographical area. Each area was discussed and each story's importance was also briefly mentioned. A great collection for younger readers!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura (Book Scrounger)

    My kids (5 and 8) really enjoyed having this book read to them over the past few months. We paired it with Evan Moor's "History Pockets" for a unit on Native Americans, but I think it's the stories that give the best glimpses of what different cultures value most. This book highlights the diversity of Indigenous peoples in North America, with settings ranging from the Arctic, to the plains, to the forests. Most involve different animals and other aspects of nature. Some are "just so" stories exp My kids (5 and 8) really enjoyed having this book read to them over the past few months. We paired it with Evan Moor's "History Pockets" for a unit on Native Americans, but I think it's the stories that give the best glimpses of what different cultures value most. This book highlights the diversity of Indigenous peoples in North America, with settings ranging from the Arctic, to the plains, to the forests. Most involve different animals and other aspects of nature. Some are "just so" stories explaining why a certain thing came to be, while others are more complicated and make observations about human nature. They were all simply told and were well within my kids' attention spans as far as length goes. A couple were a bit scary for my toddler who listened in (such as "Old Man and Rolling Rock"), but I thought the few "scary parts" were handled appropriately for the intended age bracket.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Huber

    There were some stories I didn't understand because of difference in tribes, (I'm Lakota/Oglala) but otherwise I enjoyed them! There were some stories I didn't understand because of difference in tribes, (I'm Lakota/Oglala) but otherwise I enjoyed them!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carolynne

    This is one of the most attractively designed and illustrated books of Indian folktales I have seen. The dazzling illustrations, by Stefano Vitale, appear to be pen and oil on boards. They have a folkloric quality, though a few illustrations seem to have a touch of South America (e.g. p. 54). However, he does try to capture the flavor of the different regions: compare, for instance, the illustration (p. 51)to the Hopi tale "How the People Came to the Upper World" to the illustration (p. 83) to t This is one of the most attractively designed and illustrated books of Indian folktales I have seen. The dazzling illustrations, by Stefano Vitale, appear to be pen and oil on boards. They have a folkloric quality, though a few illustrations seem to have a touch of South America (e.g. p. 54). However, he does try to capture the flavor of the different regions: compare, for instance, the illustration (p. 51)to the Hopi tale "How the People Came to the Upper World" to the illustration (p. 83) to the Aluutiq story "The Beluga-Skin Bedaarka." The tales are winsomely re-told by the prolific Joseph Bruchac, who has included notes about each region from which tales have been collected (Northeast, Southeast, Great Plains, Southwest, California, Northwest, Far North) and source notes for each story. These two features alone make it a much more valuable collection for the teacher or storyteller. Lexile measure is 820, ages 8-12. Younger for reading aloud, but there are some violent episodes. All in all, an excellent collection.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    I think many of us in the United States do not understand the diversity and distinct characteristics of the various native tribes of this land. I loved that this book provided an overview of each region and then selected a sample of stories to introduce readers to. There were a few stories that fell a little short, but overall, I was excited to keep returning to this book as a read-aloud for my children - who at just shy of 4 and 6, don't often sit still for long. But, these stories kept them en I think many of us in the United States do not understand the diversity and distinct characteristics of the various native tribes of this land. I loved that this book provided an overview of each region and then selected a sample of stories to introduce readers to. There were a few stories that fell a little short, but overall, I was excited to keep returning to this book as a read-aloud for my children - who at just shy of 4 and 6, don't often sit still for long. But, these stories kept them engaged and listening attentively. I will definitely be checking out the two other books in this series (which I had some trouble identifying at first, so I'm including them here): The Hungry Clothes and Other Jewish Folktales and The King with Horse's Ears and Other Irish Folktales.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alex Haven

    used for assignment 2 In this variation of the Tortoise and the Hare, Wolf challenges Box Turtle to a race and threatened to jump on him if he denied or lost. With the help of his cousins, Box Turtle was able to trick Wolf into thinking he ran the entire race. When Box Turtle finishes first, Wolf challenges him again, but ends up running himself to death because Box Turtle continues to trick him. This book would be nice to use to compare different countries similar stories to the well known Unite used for assignment 2 In this variation of the Tortoise and the Hare, Wolf challenges Box Turtle to a race and threatened to jump on him if he denied or lost. With the help of his cousins, Box Turtle was able to trick Wolf into thinking he ran the entire race. When Box Turtle finishes first, Wolf challenges him again, but ends up running himself to death because Box Turtle continues to trick him. This book would be nice to use to compare different countries similar stories to the well known United States version. This book differs in the way that Box Turtle uses trickery to make Wolf think he beat him and Wolf kills himself trying to win. It also emphasizes the importance of family in one's life.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Liss Carmody

    I don't really know how to evaluate a book like this, because it's a compilation of folklore for a culture entirely different from my own, so it's hardly as if I'm going to be critiquing the stories themselves, and I have no basis for comparison as to whether or not these are accurate, respectful adaptations of the tales. I enjoyed the illustrations, and the layout of the book throughout, divided into regions as well as indicating which specific nations' lore was the source of each individual st I don't really know how to evaluate a book like this, because it's a compilation of folklore for a culture entirely different from my own, so it's hardly as if I'm going to be critiquing the stories themselves, and I have no basis for comparison as to whether or not these are accurate, respectful adaptations of the tales. I enjoyed the illustrations, and the layout of the book throughout, divided into regions as well as indicating which specific nations' lore was the source of each individual story, was good. We read this as part of my kid's Torchlight curriculum and they also said they enjoyed the book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    A transitional book between a picture book and a middle-grade chapter book. Offers a few facts about the people of a region as a preface to their stories. Lots of beautiful hand-painted illustrations on wood panels, in the style of Native American art. The stories themselves capture the humor of a tale told out loud, with some slapstick elements and some wry elements. I laughed quite a bit. The tale of the invention of storytelling begins with, "before there were stories, people sat around at ni A transitional book between a picture book and a middle-grade chapter book. Offers a few facts about the people of a region as a preface to their stories. Lots of beautiful hand-painted illustrations on wood panels, in the style of Native American art. The stories themselves capture the humor of a tale told out loud, with some slapstick elements and some wry elements. I laughed quite a bit. The tale of the invention of storytelling begins with, "before there were stories, people sat around at night wishing someone would say something interesting."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    A beautifully written and illustrated collection. I love that the book is divided into sections based on region. Each section begins with a brief description of the people of that region and each story specifies which nation the tale comes from with an additional brief explanation of the significance of that story to those people.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brandann Hill-Mann

    Four stars because I genuinely enjoyed it, but it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. Still glad to have it and to have read it. The stories are lovely and good to know even if they are not those of my specific nation.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    We enjoyed this collection a lot. It's divided by region and we used the California section as part of our fourth grade homeschool curriculum, and I only spot read the other stories. The selections are short and engaging and each includes a very brief introduction to the people and place from which it originated. We enjoyed this collection a lot. It's divided by region and we used the California section as part of our fourth grade homeschool curriculum, and I only spot read the other stories. The selections are short and engaging and each includes a very brief introduction to the people and place from which it originated.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Native stories are told in culture groups . A short page with information explaining the cultures prefaces the stories. Illustrations are interspersed throughout the stories. The stories teach and entertain.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Very readable and has beautiful illustrations as well. I liked that the stories were categorized by region, with a short description of the region at the start of the section. Lovely book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    Really good short collection of Native American stories from around the US. Beautiful illustrations.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This was a really great collection of folktales. It read easily and the artwork was amazing and captivating. A really great read!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Sobel

    Title: The Girl Who Helped Thunder and other Native American folktales Author: James Bruchac and Joseph Bruchac, Ph.D. Illustrator: Stefano Vitale Genre: Folktales, Native American Theme(s): Native Americans, North America Opening line/sentence: "Northeast: the northeastern area of the continent stretches from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean and from the southern woodlands of eastern Canada south to the northern Appalachian Mountains.” Brief Book Summary: This book is a collection of Native Amer Title: The Girl Who Helped Thunder and other Native American folktales Author: James Bruchac and Joseph Bruchac, Ph.D. Illustrator: Stefano Vitale Genre: Folktales, Native American Theme(s): Native Americans, North America Opening line/sentence: "Northeast: the northeastern area of the continent stretches from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean and from the southern woodlands of eastern Canada south to the northern Appalachian Mountains.” Brief Book Summary: This book is a collection of Native American Folktales from all across America. The book takes the read from the Northeast to Southeast, to the Great Plaines, to the Southwest, to California, to the Northwest, and final to the Far North. Each are has 3-4 folktales that are particular to tribes from that area. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: (Horn Book) 96 pp. Sterling 2008. ISBN 978-1-4207-3263-8 (4) 4-6 Illustrated by Stefano Vitale. Folktales of the World series. This collection is divided into major culture zones. A prefatory note describes the people and ways of life of each area. Three or four tales follow, with brief introductions; some of the stories' plots are heavily Europeanized. The book is illustrated with fanciful adaptations of Native American styles and motifs, deftly done (if hardly genuine). Professional Recommendation/Review #2:(School Library Journal) Gr 3-6 The Bruchacs retell Native North American folktales in a clear yet bold voice. The anthology is arranged geographically, a logical organization that reveals the diversity of Native peoples, from the corn planters of the East to the buffalo hunters of the plains to the gatherers of California. Descriptions of each region introduce the original inhabitants of those places, as the authors provide succinct yet enriching historical and cultural context for the stories that follow; unifying themes are also discussed. And every tale, in turn, begins with a brief background and credit to the Nation from which it is derived. The individual stories are concise, spanning only a few pages, allowing them to be read in a single sitting, while the many animal personalities found within-some mischievous, some heroic-will capture the imagination of storytime audiences. A current of subtle profundity runs through these stories. Vitale's stylized oil-on-wood illustrations vividly reveal the colorful spirit of the tales, as bright blues and reds complement the earth tones found throughout. An annotated bibliography provides source notes and comparative analyses to other folktales from around the world. Similar to Margaret Mayo's When the World Was Young (S & S, 1996), Girl is effective in the amount of cultural background it provides, the simplicity of the text, and the beauty of the paintings.-Jeff Meyer, Slater Public Library, IA Response to Two Professional Reviews: Both reviews make note of the how the authors describe each area before sharing the folktales from that region. That is a great addition to the book and really adds to reader’s previous knowledge. The second review talks about the books use of illustrations to help convey the Native American stories, which they do. Evaluation of Literary Elements: This book has many literary elements that help make this book flow. The first is the source notes in the back that allows the reader to understand where the stories came from. Also, the illustrations are done beautifully and add to the richness of each story. Consideration of Instructional Application:This book could be used in a middle-upper elementary school classroom. The students could learn about the different types of Native American folktales. They could compare and contrast the stories based on geography. Also, the teacher could have students compare and contrast folktales from different parts of the world.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Leonard

    Bruchac, James and Joseph Bruchac, eds. The Girl Who Helped Thunder and Other Native American Folktales (2007). This is a compilation of Native American Folktales. This book does an exceptional job of explaining the different regions and the Native Americans that inhabit that particular region. The text is broken down into different tribal groups and there is an excerpt on each region followed by a series of folktales from that particular region. There are also a variety of tribal groups are rep Bruchac, James and Joseph Bruchac, eds. The Girl Who Helped Thunder and Other Native American Folktales (2007). This is a compilation of Native American Folktales. This book does an exceptional job of explaining the different regions and the Native Americans that inhabit that particular region. The text is broken down into different tribal groups and there is an excerpt on each region followed by a series of folktales from that particular region. There are also a variety of tribal groups are represented. In the folktale, The Girl Who Helped Thunder (Lenape) it teaches a lesson about getting to know people before you trust them. There is also an underlying theme of listening to your parents and trusting that they have your best interest at heart. It tells the story of a beautiful young woman name Pretty Face. Pretty Face is of marrying age but she does not think any young men of the village are worthy of her. One day a handsome suitor comes and quickly proposes marriage. Pretty Face quickly agrees and leaves her family and village. She soon realizes that her handsome suitor is not who he claimed to be. When she realizes her mistake, she problem solves and comes up with a solution to her dilemma. She does not just give up but perseveres. The young woman is vain, strong-willed and stubborn. These qualities get her in trouble but they also play a part in saving her life. In the end, I was a bit confused as to why Pretty Face could not return to her village. She did a good deed and helped Grandfather Thunder. She was even allowed to live in the ‘sky land.’ But I thought this was disheartening, she made a mistake but her choice followed her forever. Ages: 8 -12. *I gave this book five stars overall, but this particular story I would give four stars.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Native American story telling is an art form, and sadly one that is becoming more and more of a forgotten skill in the modern world. In "The Girl Who Helped Thunder", the Bruchac's take us through 24 tales, which are divided into regions and tribes. The tales range from those of wisdom, overcoming an obstacle, proving yourself to others, and courage in the time of trouble. Most the tales present themselves through the use of animals, such as the "Wolf and the Fox Hare" which is very similar to t Native American story telling is an art form, and sadly one that is becoming more and more of a forgotten skill in the modern world. In "The Girl Who Helped Thunder", the Bruchac's take us through 24 tales, which are divided into regions and tribes. The tales range from those of wisdom, overcoming an obstacle, proving yourself to others, and courage in the time of trouble. Most the tales present themselves through the use of animals, such as the "Wolf and the Fox Hare" which is very similar to the Hare and Tortoise tale most of us know. There is so much cultural significance in this book, and it should be spread to all students so that these stories can be absorbed and passed on yet again.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Whole And

    One of the best Native American collections we have read. Highly recommend owning this book and referring to it time and time again. The stories are rich in lessons of morals and values and not too long for the younger children. Excellent introductions to various native tribes and the history behind distinct regions. This book carries deep meaning and timeless wisdom. The stories will stimulate even the most challenging reader, the one's who bore easily will be thrilled to read these stories and One of the best Native American collections we have read. Highly recommend owning this book and referring to it time and time again. The stories are rich in lessons of morals and values and not too long for the younger children. Excellent introductions to various native tribes and the history behind distinct regions. This book carries deep meaning and timeless wisdom. The stories will stimulate even the most challenging reader, the one's who bore easily will be thrilled to read these stories and their imaginations will soar.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    This book contains Native American folktales from across North America. The stories are beautiful as are the illustrations. As a teacher, I thought it would be very useful in a classroom as the stories are separated by region and each reveal different values of different tribes. These stories are also great for any storytelling lesson you might wish to do. This is definitely a staple for any teacher doing lesson plans around Native American culture.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katie Priest

    I have always been intrigued by folktales. I'm not sure if was meant to be done this way, but I read these stories from cover to cover. I appreciated learning about the tribes from different regions of the United States, the connections between their stories and the uniqueness to the way they live(d). I was impressed that each story came from a different tribe. Sources for each tale are included at the back of the book. I have always been intrigued by folktales. I'm not sure if was meant to be done this way, but I read these stories from cover to cover. I appreciated learning about the tribes from different regions of the United States, the connections between their stories and the uniqueness to the way they live(d). I was impressed that each story came from a different tribe. Sources for each tale are included at the back of the book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    A great book for kids. Not only does it introduce Native American mythology to young readers, it gives an overview of the many tribes that lived in different parts of what is now the United States, and relates how the various regions influenced the people and the formation of their stories. Plus, great artwork.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jo Garcia

    The book itself is gorgeous, relying on colorful, stylized illustrations full of traditional Native American patterns and images. The stories are drawn from a wide variety of tribes and from all regions of North America. With each story, the reader gets a history lesson, a geography lesson, and an epic myth.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Native American tales, well told. Stories are arranged geographically, with the nation of origin noted. Relevant, brief but rich notes on the culture of each region and nation are included. Illustrations are excellent, lively paintings on wood.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jesika La Bryer

    Copyright 2008 I have read many Native Folktales over the years. This book did a good job at summarizing numerous folktales. They set up the book in different tales using the different tribes around. I wonder though, how much of this is quality and true to life.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Folktales A compilation of different tribes folktales and myths. Mr. Bruchac compiled and relayed a wonderful combination of tales from a variety of tribes I was both familiar and unfamiliar with. Learning about new tribes and seeing the similarities among them was wonderful.

  29. 4 out of 5

    library_jim

    Gorgeous, adventurous, and funny. Not a "spinach" book of folktales at all. A school library must-have. Gorgeous, adventurous, and funny. Not a "spinach" book of folktales at all. A school library must-have.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This is a fantastic collection of Native American stories and legends. It also includes brief descriptions of the various peoples and tribes, and has gorgeous illustrations.

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