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Star Boy Paperback – September 30, 1991
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PW said, "Illustrated by elegant, brilliantly colored pictures in the Caldecott Medalist's recognizable style, the pictures . . . recreate ancient days among the Blackfeet Indians." Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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A child is born from the two but is cursed with an ugly scar because his mother disobey a warning. He grows up on Earth for a long time but wants to marry the chief's daughter. He must make the journey back to Grandfather Sun to remove his ugliness. He manages to do so and promises to worship and honor him every year for health.
In real life, this honoring of the sun and remembering of ancestors is called the Sun Dance. It is still held today in secret and is sacred to Native American nations.
I loved this re-telling and made me understand a little bit more about the Sun Dance and its origins. I am honored to know such a thing.
Disclosure: I obtained a copy of this book at our local library. The views here are 100% my own and may differ from yours.