Mrs. Benton's Classroom
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Aug 29, 2022
Antelope Woman: An Apache Folktale
Michael Lacapa*****A beautiful Apache maiden follows the mysterious young man who has come to teach her people to respect "all things great and small" and becomes his wife.
Brendan the Navigator
Jean Fritz*****If you ask children in Ireland who really discovered America, you may get this surprising answer: "St. Brendan, of course." He left Ireland 1,500 years ago in a leather boat to find paradise. Tales of the wonders he and his crew saw and the Monster Territory they encountered during their trip have become part of Irish legend. And legend also says that the island of unsurpassed beauty that St. Brendan called paradise was actually America. "A lively, provocative 'history mystery.' " — Publishers Weekly "The author, with her ability to breathe new life into historical facts and fancies, retells the legend of St. Brendan. . . .Unusually inviting." — The Horn Book
Dancing Teepees: Poems of American Indian Youth
Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve*****Selected from the oral tradition of North American Indians and from contemporary tribal poets, the poems evoke the concerns and visions of American Indian young people.
Legends of the Seminoles
Betty Mae Jumper*****Stories and legends handed down through generations survive in the minds and hearts of tribal elders. For the first time, these stories have been set down for all to enjoy. Meet mischievous Rabbit, the Corn Lady, the Deer Girl, and many other characters. Each tale is illustrated with an original color painting.
Native American Stories
Michael J. Caduto, Joseph Bruchac*****Native American Stories is a collection of myths drawn from the native cultures of North America—from the Inuit in the north to the Zuni, Hopi and Cherokee in the south. A common thread throughout these stories is the native view of the world as family—Earth as our Mother, Sun as our Father and the animals as our brother and sisters. The stories foster an ethic of stewardship by clearly showing that we are entrusted with a very special misson—to maintain the natural balance, to take care of our Mother, to be Keepers of the Earth. Each story is beautifully illustrated by Mohawk artist John Kaionhes Fadden.

The stories in this collection, which come from Keepers of the Earth—a book that unites western scientific methods and Native AMerican traditional stories—can be called "lesson stories." All come from native oral traditions. They have been chosen because the lessons they teach are relatively easy for nonnative people to understand. Some of these stories have more than one lesson to teach. As Joseph Campbell explains in The Power of Myth, the same stories mean different things to us at different times in our lives, and as we grow, those stories grow with us. The story of Gluscabi and the game animals is one such story. While using this story in workshops, my coauthor Michael Caduto and I have asked people ho many lessons are taught by this one tale. No group ever comes up with fewer than a dozen. — Joseph Bruchac, from the introduction
The Legend of the Bluebonnet
Tomie dePaola*****A retelling of the Comanche Indian legend of how a little girl's sacrifice brought the flower called bluebonnet to Texas.
Where the Buffaloes Begin
Olaf Baker*****Follow Little Wolf to the fabled lake in the south where the buffaloes begin. Watch the huge beasts surge out of the water and onto the prairie, as Little Wolf leads them to a victory against the enemies of his people. A Caldecott Honor Book. Illustrations in black-and-white.