Stories from the Ancients: Native America

Rainbow Crow: A Lenape tale

By Nancy Van Laan and Beatriz Vidal (illustrator)

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When the weather changes and the ever-falling snow threatens to engulf all the animals, it is Crow who flies up to receive the gift of fire from the Great Sky Spirit.
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Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children

By Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac (authors) and John Kahionhes Fadden and Carol Wood (illustrators)

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This environmental classic teaches children respect and stewardship for the Earth and for all living things. The Native American stories are accompanied by activities which encourage children to understand their influence on the Earth.
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Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest

By Gerald McDermott (storyteller and illustrator)

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Coyote, who has a nose for trouble, insists that the crows teach him how to fly, but the experience ends in disaster for him.
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The Boy who Lived with the Bears: And Other Iroquois Stories

By Joseph Bruchac (storyteller) and Murv Jacob (illustrator)

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The Parabola Storytime series is a collection of stories and myths by the leading storytellers of Native American tribes. Originally produced by "Parabola" magazine in audio format, many of these stories appear here in written form for the first time, with the permission of tribal elders, and are enhanced by artwork authentic to the tradition. These stories evoke the beauty, wisdom, and living spirit of surviving oral traditions. In these six Iroquois tales, animals showcase the best of human emotions and spirit. Buzzard flies to the Creator to bring back clothes for all the birds. Tiny Chipmunk takes on massive and powerful Bear in a challenge to determine whether or not the sun will keep rising. In the title story, a young boy has lost his human family and finds love in the home of the Bears. Wise and foolish, cowardly and brave animals teach humans how to live better lives, while providing entertainment.
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The Rough-Face Girl

By Rafe Martin and David Shannon (illustrator)

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In an Algonquin village by the shores of Lake Ontario, many young women have tried to win the affections of the powerful Invisible Being who lives with his sister in a great wigwam near the forest. Then comes Rough-Face Girl, scarred from working by the fire. Can she succeed where her beautiful, cruel sisters have failed? This is an Algonquin Indian version of the Cinderella story.
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Baby Rattlesnake

By Te Ata

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Baby Rattlesnake throws tantrums to get his rattle before he's reads, but he misuses it and learns a lesson.
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The Path of the Quiet Elk: A Native American Alphabet Book

By Virginia A. Stroud

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This lyrical alphabet book, drawn from Native American teachings, tells of 26 different ways to remember our interconnectedness with everything on earth. The Path of the Quiet Elk is not a place, but a way of learning to look at life. Each letter from A to Z is illustrated with a nature scene painted by renowned artist Virginia Stroud's distinctive style.
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Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children

By Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac (authors) and John Kahionhes Fadden and Carol Wood (illustrators)

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This environmental classic teaches children respect and stewardship for the Earth and for all living things. The Native American stories are accompanied by activities which encourage children to understand their influence on the Earth.
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"Dog Tails" by Dovie Thomason from More Ready-To-Tell Tales from Around the World

By David Holt and Bill Mooney (editors)

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Have you ever wondered why dogs sniff other dog's tails when they meet each other? Internationally recognized storyteller Dovie Thomason shares the Iroquois People's explanation of how this came to be.
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Meet Kaya: an American Girl

By Janet Beeler Shaw

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Kaya dreams of racing her beautiful mare Steps High, but her father warns her that Steps High isn't ready. A pesky boy challenges her anyway, and Kaya enters into the race of her life. This is part of the American Girl series, which includes historical notes.
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