An inspired story and visual pleasure, from a new author and a well-known collagist. Crafted from a number of sources,...

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HOW THUNDER AND LIGHTING CAME TO BE: A Choctaw Legend

An inspired story and visual pleasure, from a new author and a well-known collagist. Crafted from a number of sources, Harrell provides an author's note to place the tale, and follows with a matter-of-factly goofy story of two foolish birds commissioned by the sun god to warn his ""chosen people"" of bad weather. The birds' well-intended, clumsy efforts to carry out their mission are comedic: running from village to village doesn't work, nor does hollering down from the clouds (why these birds can fly one minute and not fly the next is a little confusing). A clever twist brings the proper results, although the forgiving and loving bird dolts, endearing in the extreme, are still trying to think of a way to warn the Choctaw to this day. Roth's pages are bright, good-humored, and wildly inventive; lightning is rendered in broken and sprinkled snatches of white darting across the page. Her ability to compose canny gestures and poses--the leaning close for a whisper, a crazy-legged pursuit of tumbling eggs--is almost eerie and always effective.

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Dial

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 1995