- Library Binding
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439599521
- ISBN-13: 978-1439599525
- Package Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,077,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun: A Cherokee Story Library Binding – April 9, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4-The animals live in the dark half of the world and decide to steal a piece of the sun from the other half. First, Possum goes, hiding the stolen piece in the thick fur of his tail. The sun burns the fur right off, and that is why Possum has a hairless tail. Then Buzzard tries, carrying the sun in his thick crown of feathers, which burns off. Finally, Grandmother Spider goes, successfully bringing the sun back in a clay pot, and that is why we see the sun in the center of her web. There are a lot of elements here, and Keams handles them well, telling the story in a lively, informal style that lends itself to reading aloud. Characterizations are broad but distinct and appealing. The text is a little long for story time but will work well for one-on-one reading as well as for older listeners. Bernardin has the difficult task of portraying the animals living in darkness, and he does a good job. Unfortunately, some of the large, dramatic acrylic paintings are simply too dark to be seen easily from a distance. Independent readers and small groups will be better able to appreciate the shadowy details underscoring the main figures. Keams does not cite specific sources, apart from noting that this is a Cherokee story. A tale that will appeal to a wide audience.
Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Geri Keams, a Navajo storyteller and actress tells this Cherokee story of the miniature Prometheus, Grandmother Spider. Told with humor and gloriously illustrated, this book is a great addition to a child's bookshelf and a lavish complement to an adult's comparative mythology library. -- Southwest Children's Review, 1997
In another Native American tale from Northland Publishing, internationally known American Indian storyteller Geri Keams tells the Cherokee story of how light is brought to the dark side of the world. There's a humorous take on this tale and the illustrations are splendid. -- Kids Home Journal, 1996 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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