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The Rainbow Bridge Hardcover – October 13, 1995

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1 edition (October 13, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152654755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152654757
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,916,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Drawn from a Native American legend, this story follows the migration of an overpopulated tribe via a miraculous bridge. PW's starred review called it "collaborative storytelling at its best." Ages 4-8. (May)n
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4?Hutash the earth goddess creates the Chumash people, helps them to obtain fire, and sends them from Limuw (Santa Cruz Island) across the Santa Barbara channel to the mainland so that they will have room to flourish. Hutash makes a rainbow as a bridge for the crossing, but some of the people look down and, dizzy, fall into the sea. The young boy who has been the goddess's messenger is among them, but Hutash changes him and the others into dolphins so that their lives are saved, and "...the dolphins of the sea are brothers and sisters of their tribe." This lesser-known Native American legend, with its strong female power and message of unity in nature, is attractive in itself, but it has been given truly compelling illustrations. At first, they appear to be magically enhanced, slightly surreal photographs. Florczak paints with layers of translucent oil glazes, painstakingly creating a lucidity of detail and superrealistic surface textures of skin, rock, water, cloth, cloud and, above all, light. Dramatic shadow, pellucid atmosphere, and iridescent color suggest Caravaggio crossed with Maxfield Parrish. The natural scenery is stunning. California poppies and Chumash basketry are juxtaposed with the intricate, Baroque folds of Hutash's swirling shawl. Dynamic pictures and an unusual story set this volume apart from the familiar run of Native American tales.?Patricia (Dooley) Lothrop Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you like folklore and legends you will love this book. I found it fascinating especially when the people who fell from the bridge turned into dolphins. The illustrations were beautiful and some were almost life like.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"The Rainbow Bridge," retold by Audrey Wood with oil on canvas paintings by Robert Florczak, is inspired by a Chumash tale. The name of that Native American tribe will be familiar to young readers who watched "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," since several members of the Chumash tribe showed up one memorable Thanksgiving in Season 4 (and did things to Xander that cannot be discussed in polite company). The Chumash lived in what is now the central California coast from Los Angeles northward to San Luis Obispo. There were a peaceful people, known for their art, mainly basketry and cave paintings, and their distinctive social and spiritual culture. The Storyteller's Note at the start of this oversize book explains that the most famous invention of the Chumash was the "tomol," a plant canoe, that allowed them to trade with villagers on nearby islands. They were rather unique as a native people because they could find everything they needed in the environment in which they lived, without having to raise crops or domesticate animals.

This story was inspired by an oral Chumash legend, expanded by Wood in terms of both characters and lengths. It begins with Hutash, the earth goddess, walking alone on the island of Limuw. Gathering seeds from a sacred plant she scatters them upon the earth so that there might be people, teh Chumash tribe, made in her own image. Along with her husband, the great wise Sky Snake (a.k.a., the Milky Way), Hutash loved the people and gave them gifts so that they would thrive. But then there were too many people and Hutash told the people that Limuw had grown crowded and in three days half of them must leave and go to the land across the water while the other half stay on her island.
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Format: Hardcover
This was a beautifully illustrated storybook about how Los Angeles CA 'came to be'. The way the Chumas Indians believe how the islands came to be and also how the dolphins are so sacred. This was an interesting book, nicely written but the paintings that are used as the illustrations is what REALLY makes this book. But becareful of younger children reading this, as an adult be ready to help educate them in the way you believe and how some tribes of Indians believe differently than some others etc. Doesn't mean that this story is untrue, just that it could confuse some younger children as they read it
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By eddree potts on July 12, 2014
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Awesome item
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More About the Author

AUDREY WOOD is the much-loved author of more than thirty books for children, including the bestselling The Napping House, Piggies, Heckedy Peg, and most recently, Piggy Pie Po, which she collaborated on with her husband, Don Wood.
She lives in Hawaii.

My first memories are of Sarasota, Florida in the winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers' Circus. I was one year old and remember it vividly. My father, an art student, was making extra income by repainting circus murals.

The people in the circus were my friends. I was bounced on the knee of the tallest man in the world and rocked in the arms of the fat lady who could not stand up. My first baby-sitters were a family of little people who lived in a trailer next to ours. They tAudrey2old me stories about the animals they worked with: Chi Chi the Chimpanzee, an elephant named Elder, and Gargantua the Gorilla.

My mother says I was a fast learner, always ahead of my age. My father taught me to swim before I could walk. I walked at seven months and climbed over a seven foot chain link fence when I was one year old. Everyone in the circus thought I was going to be a trapeze artist.

When I was two, I traveled with my parents to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where they studied art. Spanish became my second language. Because my mother read to me every day, I fell in love with books and was reading by age three.

My parents had two more girls, which made me the oldest sister. All of us were trained in the arts: music, dance, painting, and drama. We had a miniature stage in our basement, complete with light-bulb floodlights and a dusty red velvet curtain. Admission for the plays we produced was a bargain--twenty-five cents.

When I was in the first grade, I wanted to grow up to be an artist like my father. Then, in the fourth grade, I decided I'd like to be a children's book author. As an adult who writes and illustrates children's books, I have realized both my childhood ambitions.

I got in trouble in school once for crossing out my favorite author's name and putting in mine--Audrey Brewer instead of Dr. Seuss!

My great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were all professional artists. Since I am also a professional artist, there are four consecutive generations of artists in our family. However, I am the only female artist.

On our honeymoon, I read my new husband Don Wood the classic children's book entitled At the Back of the North Wind. Seven years later, we teamed up to create our first picture book together.

When our son Bruce Robert was two years old, I began to read picture books to him. He helped to remind me of my childhood ambitions. That's when I began to write children's books seriously.


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