"Unusual and intelligent...An exemplary introduction to Native American culture with its emphasis on the importance of nature." —Publishers WeeklyIn Native American legend, the thirteen scales on Old Turtle's back hold the key to the thirteen cycles of the moon and the changing seasons. These lyrical poems and striking paintings celebrate the wonder of the seasons, from the Northern Cheyenne's Moon of the Popping Trees to the Big Moon of the Abenaki."This book instills a spiritual respect for our land and an appreciation for the people who were its first caring guardians." —American BooksellerA Notable Children's Trade Book in the Language ArtsAn IRA Teacher's Choice BookA Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
Joseph Bruchac, Jonathan London 194, Thomas Locker
(Perfection Learning, Aug. 1, 1997)
Joseph Bruchac and Jonathan London collaborate to reveal the beauty of the natural world around us, while Thomas Locker's illustrations honor both Native American legends and the varied American landscape. Full color.
Book speaks of the 13 scales on the back of a turtle's shell and how each scale stands for one of the 13 moons which appear during each year. A story is told for each of these moons. The stories were chosen from 13 native american tribes. The author ends by explaining how the native Americans believed.