- Age Range: 10 - 14 years
- Grade Level: 5 - 9
- Hardcover: 47 pages
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (May 26, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786821752
- ISBN-13: 978-0786821754
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,996,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Full Moon Stories Hardcover – May 26, 1997
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6. Remembering his and his sister's childhood with grandparents on the Arapahoe Reservation, the author retells 13 of Grandpa Iron's tales, one for each full moon of the Plains Indian traditional year. Before and after each story, details about the children's lives are presented; each piece ends with the phrase, "And the Earth stayed young." The brief stories are not set off typographically from the reminiscences and are rather disappointing. They tell about the coming of the horse to the people; a woman chief who was cured of rudeness by hearing a story about a moose family; a healer who learned from bears how to use plants; etc. Each selection is illustrated with a full-page painting of the animal featured in the story. Painted in bright colors and covered with symbols, the creatures float against textured backgrounds; the figures are reminiscent of Plains Indian paintings on tepees and hides. Smaller, crayon sketches also appear. Storytellers will find more accessible Native American stories in Margaret Mead MacDonald's Twenty Tellable Tales (1986), Look Back and See (1991, both Wilson), and Peace Tales (Linnet, 1992). Joseph Bruchac's Native American Stories (1991) and Native American Animal Stories (1992, both Fulcrum) each have 24 legends from various native peoples that emphasize caring for the Earth, told in a dignified style suitable for older listeners.?Pam Gosner, formerly at Maplewood Memorial Library, NJ
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I love the illustrations, both paintings and colored pencil drawings. They convey the character and movement of the animals so well. The colors are bright and entrancing; and the symbols painted on the animals are intriguing. They look so like the pictographs I have seen painted on hides in museums and reproduced from ledger books. There are stars, moon, lightning, mountains, the sun, and other ones which are yet a mystery to me.
As well as the stoies there are details of the children's and Grandpa and Grandma Iron's life on the Wind River Reservation: doing chores, packing to go to the Sundance, eating Grandma's stew and fry bread, and running barefoot in the snow. I have been to Wind River and could feel again through the book the vastness and intimacy of the land. This book is an outstanding model of how stories can be written and presented with enthusiasm for children.