From School Library Journal
Grade 1-5-- Twenty-four stories, organized by theme, excerpted from Bruchac and Michael Caduto's Keepers of the Animals (Fulcrum, 1991). Excellent introductions by Bruchac and Vine Deloria, Jr., set the proper tone; they will be of particular use to those planning read-alouds, and are important for understanding the messages of the tales. The pieces come from tribes across North America, each illustrated with a full-page line drawing and appropriate border designs. Bonuses are the superb glossary of words and names and the descriptions of tribal nations. Providing an insider's knowledge and insight, Bruchac gives information about the people today and cites sources for additional versions of the stories. There are many similar collections and retellings available, some by well-meaning people who do not truly understand the tales' importance. Storytellers can feel secure in knowing that these selections will not cause offense to listeners with Bruchac's work, which presents the stories with respect for readers of all ages. Public, school, and tribal libraries should purchase this one. --Lisa Mitten, University of Pittsburgh, PA
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"Offers wonderful read-aloud material for parents who want to teach their children to revere the Earth." —Los Angeles Times Book Review
"24 myths from 19 peoples [show] Bruchac's tribute to nature, to his Native American heritage, and to his powerful gift of communication." —BookPage
"The tales have a directness and rhythm that's great for reading aloud and storytelling." —Booklist
"A rich collection of uplifting Native American stories." —Joseph Cornell, author of Sharing Nature with Children, Listening to Nature and Sharing the Joy of Nature