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The Sun's Daughter Hardcover – March 28, 2005

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; First edition, first printing (stated) edition (March 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618324305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618324309
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 9.2 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,090,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-6–Inspired by Iroquois tales of the Corn Maiden and her sisters, this original story tells how Maize, Red Bean, and Pumpkin walked the earth spreading a bounty of food in their wake. Despite being warned to stay in the open fields under their mother's watchful gaze, Maize goes walking at night. Silver (alias the Moon) sees her and begs for her warmth, and Maize spends the night with him. When Sun finds Maize missing, she removes her other daughters and burns the earth with her furious gaze. The Sun then turns her face away and vows not to touch the earth until Maize returns. Only after the little pewee birds encourage the maples to "please weep" sweet sap does Silver compromise, allowing Maize half of the year in the Sun. The story is charmingly told with eloquent phrasing and vocabulary. The artwork, done in a folk-art style, is energetic and exuberant, and the brush strokes are used to dramatic effect across the spreads. This is both a pourquoi tale and a fable, and will work comfortably as a read-aloud.– Cris Riedel, Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School, Dansville, NY
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From Booklist

Gr. 2-4. Like the Greek myth of Persephone, this Native American pourquoi tale attributes the seasonal cycles to a split-custody deal struck over a deity's hapless daughter. Described as an "original story" inspired by Iroquois sources, Sherman's telling features the Sun's daughter, Maize, who causes corn to grow so abundantly that "the people had only to reach up in order to eat." But when Maize disobediently ventures into the realm of an entity named Silver, she finds herself held hostage for half of every year. Silver's identity is confusing, as is his exact relationship to Maize (who, despite the disturbingly violent overtones of her kidnapping, is later described as returning to "her lover"); neither issue is addressed in the author's otherwise informative endnote. Christie's renderings intensify the sense of abstraction from reality common to folklore, setting puppetlike characters, faces comprised of slashing black lines, against jagged fields of harvest colors. Try this evocative, unusual offering with children older than the typical picture-book audience, particularly in the context of comparative studies of world folklore. Jennifer Mattson
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More About the Author

Pat Sherman loves history which is good because she lives in Boston where just about everything is historic. She's worked as an archivist for a variety of universities, museums, and historical societies and has written both fiction and nonfiction for children on topics ranging from colonial America to the history of magic. Some of her favorite places to visit include New York, Washington D.C. and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. You can find out more at her website

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