The Story of the Milky Way: Joseph Bruchac & Gayle Ross

The Story of the Milky Way: a Cherokee Tale 

Author: Joseph Bruchac & Gayle Ross
Illustrator: Virginia A. Stroud
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publication Year: 1995
Brief Summary:  This traditional Cherokee legend explains how the Milky Way came to be.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Discuss folktales, legends, and pourquoi tales…what does this legend explain?  Read alongside with other stories that explain stars, constellations, or other aspects of nature.
  • Why was corn so important for the people in the story?
  • Read other books about Cherokee culture and customs.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.  

Accessed at: Capilano Library

The Dreamcatcher: Audrey Osofsky

The Dreamcatcher

Author: Audrey Osofsky
Illustrator: Ed Young
Publisher: Orchard Books
Publication Year: 1992
Brief Summary: An Ojibwa girl uses a dreamcatcher to ward off bad dreams until day comes.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, Tenth Edition, 1993 ; National Council of Teachers of English
Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Discuss dreamcatchers…what do Native Americans think dreamcatchers do?
  • Talk about your best dreams, scariest dreams, funniest dreams
  • Art connection: make a dreamcatcher with small paper plates with holes punched out on the rim, feathers, and yarn.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. 

  • Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

Her Seven Brothers: Paul Goble

 

Her Seven Brothers

Author/Illustrator: Paul Goble
Publisher: Bradbury Press
Publication Year: 1988
Brief Summary: A retelling of Cheyenne legend about the origins of the Big Dipper.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Discuss legends.
  • Social studies: Cheyenne tribe — history and culture.
  • Science: discuss the types of animals you might see on the Great Plains.  Research facts about the buffalo, the porcupine, wolves, and others seen in the book.
  • Art: Study the details/designs of the clothes that the girl made.  Talk about patterns that the kids might see, and discuss the kind of materials the girls used (animal hides, etc.).
  • What did the author mean when he said the people used to be able to understand animals, and that they still speak to us but we have to learn how to listen?

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. Author’s notes about the textiles/designs featured in the book.

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

When Clay Sings: Byrd Baylor

When Clay Sings

Author: Byrd Baylor
Illustrator: Tom Bahti
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Year: 1972
Brief Summary: Children try to guess what life was like years ago in the southwest desert through broken pieces of pottery.  Lyrical; poetic.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1973 Honor Book United States
Southwest Book Awards, 1972 Winner United States

 Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
  • Pair with other books (information or fictional) about southwest Indians…  Study the pictures in the book…what do the pictures on the pieces of pottery tell us about the daily life of Indians long ago?  Discuss different animals, bugs, traditions.
  • Why did people from ancient times put such thought into their pottery?
  • Why did the author title the book “When Clay Sings”?  Can clay sing?  What did the author mean by that?  Can you imagine the words of the book put into a song?

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Social studies: southwest Indians

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at:  Signal Mountain Library