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Between Earth & Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places Paperback – April 19, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152020624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152020620
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 10.7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A Native American man tells his nephew 10 legends of sacred places. PW praised the "gracefully compressed" unrhymed verse and the alternately "ethereal" and "atmospheric" oil paintings. All ages.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6?Bruchac frames 11 legends of Native American sacred places with a conversation between Little Turtle and his uncle, Old Bear, who says, " 'There are sacred places all around us...They are found in the East and in the North, in the South and in the West, as well as Above, Below, and the place Within. Without those places we lose our balance.' " Bruchac writes in language that is dignified and almost poetic in its simplicity. The text is printed in stanzas, enhancing the image of prose poems. Each legend is related to one of the seven directions and is attributed to a specific people. There is a brief pronunciation guide and a map showing the general location of different Native American groups, but no other documentation is provided. Glossy, cream-yellow paper; clear, black type with the first letter on each page done in flowing, yet restrained, red calligraphy; and lush art make this a book that is pleasing to the eye. Locker's landscape paintings are done in the tradition of Constable's work, concentrating on conditions of sky, atmosphere, and light rather than physical details. His colors, veering toward the day-glow intensity of Maxfield Parrish's work, infuse the scenes with the intangible presence of the sacred. It is difficult to convey the beliefs of an entire people in one brief legend divorced from the rest of their tradition, yet these selections point to the richness possible in looking at the Earth in a spiritual way.?Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Joseph Bruchac is a highly acclaimed Abenaki children's book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Coauthor with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac's poems, articles and stories have appeared in over 500 publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola. He has authored more than 50 books for adults and children. For more information about Joseph, please visit his website www.josephbruchac.com.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Linda Brockett on April 3, 2007
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This is my third copy. . Its a wonderful overview of many Native American cultural traditions. The map in the back is also outstanding. I keep giving it away. I really think it is special
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Trixie Ricardo on January 11, 2007
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This book is beautiful and has inspired my class to write & draw.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BadBoydz on September 9, 2009
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The children loved the story and the art work, and I did as well. This is one of the those stories that I love reading at bedtime. We've been studying nature awareness in our homeschool, and this is one of the books we are using.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Mariel on March 31, 2010
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I purchased this book for my grandsons to learn about the culture and religions of Native Americans. At first they were so-so about this. Now, when I visit, they can't wait to tell me what they have learned. I don't know the historical accuracy of the book, all i know is it has generated a respect for and an interest in the children to learn more about our Native Americans. Mission accomplished!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary J. Richards on April 20, 2008
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Beautiful book. Great gift to anyone but especially to our Native American family and friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jgoats on June 12, 2011
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My daughter can't seem to sit still through this (we've had it a year now, and she's 5), but I summarize the stories pretty quickly and she loves looking at the beautiful pictures
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Rawnsley on May 28, 2011
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This book has beautiful photographs and lovely poems about places and is aesthetic treat. It does not have long descriptions of places with explanations but is a series of small spiritual snapshots.
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