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Storm Maker's Tipi Hardcover – October 1, 2001

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Native American legend and Goble's (The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses) award-winning artwork coalesce to bring another mythic tale grandly to life. Recounting the origin of both Blackfoot tipis and their symbolic designs, Caldecott-winner Goble employs several distinct media: black-and-white diagrams, photographs and his trademark watercolor and gouache paintings. Napi, the Great Spirit's helper, was inspired by the shape of a leaf to provide the first man and women with a tipi for shelter. Eloquently melding geometric and naturalistic free-form designs, Goble places this initial story inside a large painting of a cottonwood leaf and demonstrates its inspiration by superimposing a tipi diagram over the leaf shape at the bottom of the page. A spread then gives intricate step-by-step instructions of how to pitch a tipi. Through the sweeping panoramas of his watercolors, Goble next relates the story of how spirit paintings came to exist on Blackfoot tipis. When Sacred Otter and his son become trapped in a blizzard, the man dreams that he visits Storm Maker's tipi. Full-spread vertical views of the tipi's exterior and interior reveal Goble at his finest, intermingling texture, form and color. "When the warm weather returns, paint one just like it. Then your family will be safe from storms always," Storm Maker commands. Goble's instructive storytelling prepares readers for this stunning visual adventure. Ages 5-8.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Gr 2-5-Goble borrows the story of how Napi taught Man and Woman to pitch their tipi from the Siksika (Blackfeet) Indians of northern Montana and uses it as the framework for this picture book. It recounts the time Storm Maker saved Sacred Otter, a leader of his people, and showed him the designs for his tipi. The artist's familiar, colorful graphic style is well suited to this text. Directions for making a paper tipi as well as line drawings detailing Napi's instructions are included, as is a full-spread, color photograph of a contemporary summer camp with tipis. For those who found Goble's Star Boy (Aladdin, 1991) popular, this will be a welcome addition. It could be used in storytime with his other tales or teamed with Harriet Taylor's When Bear Stole the Chinook (Farrar, 1997), or used with Bonnie Shemie's House of Bark: Tipi, Wigwam and Longhouse (Tundra, 1990) for a curricular unit on dwellings or homes. Teamed with the autobiographical Hau Kola (Richard Owens, 1994), it could be part of an author study on Goble or coupled with E. Barrie Kavasch's Blackfoot Children and Elders Talk Together (PowerKids, 2001), it could be part of an in-depth look at the Siksika.

Dona J. Helmer, College Gate School Library, Anchorage,

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books; 1st edition (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068984137X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689841378
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent book, beautifully illustrated!! Accurate information on Blackfeet tipi construction and set-up, and good information for grown-ups seeking this knowledge as well. All of the author's books are beautifully and sensitively done. Well worth the money!! (PS - I bought it for myself, I have no kids or grandkids.)
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