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Her Seven Brothers Paperback – September 30, 1993

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From Publishers Weekly

With the same artistry of his Caldecott Medal-winning The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, Goble retells a Cheyenne star legendhow the Big Dipper came into being. A lovely Indian maiden, who finds inspiration in her love and respect for the spirits, creates seven sets of moccasins and shirts, somehow knowing that she must go in search of the seven brothers who live far from her home. When she arrives, the smallest brother is waiting for herhe, too, has power from the spirits to see and know special things. The Chief of the Buffalo Nation wants the young Indian woman to join him, but she will not go; the buffaloes charge. The youngest brother shoots an arrow into the sky and a pine tree appears, growing with the arrow's flight. They all climb into the sky and become the stars of the constellationthe maiden a smaller star nearby. This is a spry telling, dignified but lively. Thickly applied watercolors give the pictures intense hues, and an earthy but bright palette is set off with sky tones: slate blue mingles with sage green, brick orange and rich brown. All ages.
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Grade 2-4 Goble once more combines a respectful retelling of a Cheyenne legend with dynamic paintings depicting both traditional Indian life and the beauty of the natural world. In the legend, a young girl, known for her skilled embroidery, sews beautiful shirts and moccasins for seven brothers in the north who have no sister. She travels north to their home where she becomes a loved and honored sister. They all live happily until the chief of the buffalo nation demands the girl for himself. When the brothers refuse he sends his people against them in a stampede. They flee to the safety of the star prairies, where they now form the big dipper. Sources for both the story and the clothing designs are given. Goble's adaptation is distinguished by its restraint; he resists the temptation to dramatize the tale, choosing instead the quiet, matter-of-fact voice of the traditional Indian storyteller. The illustrations, by contrast, are boldly graphic, with dynamic patterns, brilliant color, and strong line dramatically imposed on the white of the page. While the elements are all from the natural world, Goble stylizes and idealizes them, creating fields of texture, merging from realistic foliage and animals to abstract, flattened shapes. Like the story, the characters are never particularized. Goble keeps the human characters at a distance and flattens their faces, removing all individuality. At the same time he lingers over the design of the clothing and the painted tipis. Once again Goble's admiration for the Plains Indians has been combined with his considerable gifts as a painter to produce a seamless whole. Eleanor K. MacDonald, Palos Verdes Library District, Calif.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (September 30, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068971730X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689717307
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Paul Goble is an award winning author and illustrator of children's books. He has won both the Caldecott Medal and The Library of Congress' Children's Book of the Year Award. To date, Mr. Goble has illustrated over 30 books. He has given his entire collection of original illustrations to the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, South Dakota.

Goble, a native of England, studied at the Central School of Art in London. He has lived in the United States since 1977 and became a citizen in 1984. Goble's life-long fascination with Native Americans of the plains began during his childhood when he became intrigued with their spirituality and culture. His illustrations accurately depict Native American clothing, customs and surroundings in brilliant color and detail. Goble researches ancient stories and retells them for his young audiences in a manner sympathetic to Native American ways. Goble lives with his wife in Rapid City, SD.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Texas Book Lover on March 29, 2007
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This is based on a Cheyenne legend as recorded by Richard Erdoes & Alfonso Ortiz, 1984. A very nice addition to your young reader's Native America collection. The clothing has been drawn from Museum pieces. From the cover: In this Cheyenne legend, a Native American girl creates beautiful shirts and moccasins for seven brothers she has never met. Before setting out to find them, she foretells that she and her brothers will soon be known and loved by everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shirley A. Thomason on October 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
Another Paul Goble book for children. Actually as an adult I love his books about Indian stories and the beautiful illustrated images bring them alive. They're simple yet nicely done. Always have a really good ending.
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By Lauren on August 2, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book is about a girl who can talk to spirits and hear them. When the book starts out she is making clothes and selling them. All of a sudden though she stops selling the clothes she is making and instead starts saving them. When she has made two sets and set them aside her parents asked her why she isn't selling her clothes anymore. The little girl says that she is making them for her seven brothers who she saw in her mind. She ends up making seven sets of clothes. The little girl and her mother eventually set out to find the seven brothers that she saw in her mind. She finds them and starts living with them. Then the story gets a little random. Bulls keep coming and trying to take her away but the smallest brother will not let them take her. Then they all climb up a tree and I guess they go to the afterlife.

Overall I did not really care for this book. I'm not really into folklore type books. I didn't really think it was appropriate for a four year old. I'm not sure what the age recommendation on it is but I would definitely only get this book if you have older kids who are interested in Native American stories.

My 4 year old did not care for this book at all. She didn't make it past the first page. It's definitely not a story for younger kids. Way too many words per page and the pictures were not very interesting to her.
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