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

Creation: Gerald McDermott

Creation

Author/Illustrator: Gerald McDermott
Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books
Publication Year: 2003
Brief Summary: The Creation story from God’s point of view.
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.:

  • Though this book is beautiful, it might create some controversy…
  • Discuss pourquoi stories…would you consider this a pourquoi story (how the world is formed)?  Read along with other creation stories and compare/contrast how the different versions explain the creation.

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

Accessed at: Capilano Library