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The Circle of Thanks: Native American Poems and Songs of Thanksgiving Paperback – September 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Series: Happy Thanks Giving
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Troll Communications; Reprint edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816740135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816740130
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,479,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Gr. 1^-5. Readers hungry for more material with roots in traditional Native American songs and prayers may want to give thanks for this book. Bruchac has created 13 brief, original poems, "based in part on traditional Native American songs and prayers," that can function as chants, prayers, or songs (although no musical notation is included). Native American groups, ranging from the Mohawk of the eastern woodlands and the Kwakiutl of the Northwest Coast to the Osage of the Great Plains are represented. Jacob's illustrations are reminiscent of those he created for Gayle Ross' How Rabbit Tricked Otter (1994). Here, the text is placed in small boxed insets on double-page spreads, with the pictures revealing much of cultural significance. More about each group's culture is provided in appended notes, and sources are acknowledged. Karen Morgan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Kirkus Reviews

Bruchac (Children of the Longhouse, p. 685, etc.) gathers 14 traditional Native American poems of appreciation and respect for nature's gifts. It is a wide sampling, drawn from Cherokee (thanks for medicine plants), Kwakiutl (a prayer for cedar roots), Pawnee (a nod to the stars that guide), and Navajo (an exultation of thunder) traditions. From the Mohawk comes the warm ``Thanks to Mother Earth,'' who is ``there to catch us/if we should fall''; from the Papago, the wonderful ``Song for the Corn,'' which asks, ``Am I corn of two colors,/am I crazy corn,/singing in the wind?'' This excellent collection inspires celebration and thanksgiving for all meaningful things in life. Jacob's stylized illustrations are an eyeful, smartly situating each of the native people in their respective landscapes. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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Was look for songs of the Wampanoag People but it did not include them. It is a good book however.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Virginia L. Stout on December 1, 2009
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This is a great book. I suggested everyone to read this book. For the last few years, I learn alot more on Native American stories, culture, spirituality and religion.
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