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Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children Paperback – August 28, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Series: Keepers of the Earth
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (August 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555913857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555913854
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Keepers of the Earth, is a sensitive and well thought–out guide for helping children love and care for the Earth. I heartily recommend it as a resource for parents and teachers." —Joseph Cornell, author of Sharing Nature with Children and Listening to Nature

"Keepers of the Earth is a fascinating way to learn about our environment. The combination of Native American stories and related activities will spark children's imaginations and help them explore their environment." —Augusto Medina, Ph.D., education specialist, World Wildlife Fund

"This wonderful balance of scientific and indigenous people's outlooks empowers children to touch the continuum of nature pulsating within and around them. The reconnection makes possible their creation of vital new stories to cope with today's misguided beliefs about the natural world." —Dr. Michael J. Cohen, director, National Audobon Society Expedition Institute; author, How Nature Works: regenerating Kinship with Planet Earth

"By combining the Native American flair for storytelling with modern western understandings of science and education, Caduto and Bruchac reacquaint youngsters with the natural world and our relationships with it. Keepers of the Earth is a unique approach to guiding our youth to a sustainable future. School, club and camp youth leaders will find this book a treasure." —Charles E. Roth, director of Educational Services, Massachusetts Audobon Society

"Keepers of the Earth should be in every library. Social studies, science, environmental responsibility can be greatly enriched by using this book. The 25 legends from 20 different cultures selected by Abenaki Joseph Bruchac, and interpreted by easily understood scientific information and hands–on activities by Michael Caduto makes this a gold mine for teaching important concepts." —Dr. Helen Ross Russell, author of Ten Minute Field Trips: Using the Schoolground to Teach

About the Author

Joseph Bruchac, coauthor of The Keepers of the Earth series, is an internationally acclaimed Native American storyteller and writer who has authored more than 70 books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for adults and children. His writings have appeared in more than five hundred publications, from Parabola to National Geographic and Smithsonian magazines. He is the author of the novels Dawn Land and Long River and other books for children. He lives with his wife in upstate New York.

Michael J. Caduto is an award-winning and internationally known author, master storyteller, poet, musician, educator, and ecologist. He has received numerous awards, including the New York State Outdoor Education Association's Art and Literary Award, New England's Regional Award for Excellence in Environmental Education, the American Booksellers' "Pick of the List" Award, and the Association of Children's Booksellers' Choice Award, among others. He travels widely presenting environmental and cultural performances, speeches and workshops for children and adults. His recent books include Earth Tales from Around the World and The Crimson Elf: Italian Tales of Wisdom. He lives in Vermont.



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Customer Reviews

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am a homeschooling mom and I bought this book to use with my kindergartener. This is an amazing book that combines social studies and science wonderfully. It contains alot about american indian beliefs and practices, distinguishing between the many tribal groups and traditions instead of lumping them all into one large culture. It uses indian legends as a jumping off point to study the environment, how it affects us and how we affect it.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2002
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This book is a fascinating way to help children connect with the natural world while teaching important environmental concepts. It comes with a guide to use the book effectively, and is divided into sections of special topics. Each section contains a Native American story, discussion ideas, interesting questions, and related indoor and outdoor activities. These activities can be accomplished without expensive materials, often in or near the home or school. Oh, by the way, adults will learn from this book also!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric M. Allen on May 3, 2007
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These are stories from the various First Nations. They are well told. Get this for your kids. In an age of instant media, the storyteller's art is one that is timeless, connecting us to our oral past. Make sure that it connects to our future, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Ellis on April 26, 2014
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This collection of short works surrounding all things in nature is amazing. I love just being able to pick it up and instantly find something to soothe my soul. Should be in everyone's library. Inspiring, moving, thoughtful works. Love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eva C. Goulette on June 3, 2014
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Wonderful book of stories, teachings and activities. I use this for my work with children and find them very receptive.
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The book was in good condition, but not what I was looking for at all. It would have been helpful if I was allowed to look inside the book to see if there were illustrations, and how wordy this book was. I needed it for a story time and this is not that. I will not be buying a book again that I can't look inside to see at least a couple of pages and see what I'm buying.
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