Retold By Nancy Van Laan
Illustrations by Beatriz Vidal
There are many wonderful Native American stories of how the world began and how things we know got to be that way. This is the legend of the courageous crow, as retold from Lenape (Leni Lenape) folk legends. The books begins as all the woodland creatures find themselves engulfed in an enormous snowstorm. Someone must step forward and help. They must fly to the sun and bring back fire. Who will take on this daunting task and what will happen to them in their quest?
This book is beautiful, exciting and a wonderful lesson about how courage and service to those you love can truly save the day!
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS BOOK
Have you ever done something that required great courage? What was it?
Was Crow a hero? Why?
Do you think Crow was afraid when he set out on his journey? If so, why did he continue?
If you were one of the other woodland creatures, could you come up with another way to save your family and friends? Tell the story or write your own legend about it.
Suggested Reading Level – 4 and up (or preschool and up)
Illus. in full color. This story of how the Rainbow Crow lost his sweet voice and brilliant colors by bringing the gift of fire to the other woodland animals is "a Native American legend that will be a fine read-aloud because of the smooth text and songs with repetitive chants. The illustrations, done in a primitive style, create a true sense of the Pennsylvania Lenape Indians and their winters."--School Library Journal.