THE STORY OF THE MILKY WAY by Joseph Bruchac

THE STORY OF THE MILKY WAY

A Cherokee Tale
Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

A charming look at the time when the world was new. An old couple in the village notices that someone has been stealing their cornmeal during the night. Their grandson discovers that the thief is a giant spirit dog, which the villagers frighten away with drums and rattles; the dog jets across the sky, spilling cornmeal from its mouth that becomes the Milky Way. A simple, well-phrased text introduces ideas of respect for elders, cooperation, and reverance for the spirit world, without ever veering from the storyline. The acrylic illustrations show the villagers dressed up in clothes that were fashionable among the Cherokee in the early 1800s, and the scenes themselves have delicate patterns, especially apparent in the pictures of the women seen through the stalks of corn. The mouthless faces are deliberately uniform, but it means that young readers have only hair color--black, gray, or white--to find the characters featured in the story. Bruchac (Gluskabe and the Four Wishes, p. 222), Ross (with Bruchac, The Girl Who Married the Moon, 1994), and Stroud each provides notes. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-8037-1737-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1995




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