LOVE FLUTE by Paul Goble


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Explaining in a lengthy, meticulous note that there are several sacred stories about the origins of the flutes used in the courtship rituals of Plains Indiana, Goble bases his version on a Santee Dakota myth. Too shy to approach the girl he admires, a young man aimlessly shoots an arrow that miraculously leads him on a four-day journey, at the end of which he meets two "Elk Men"--masked, horned figures--who give him a flute and explain its use. The men disappear, replaced by a pair of bull elks; the young man returns to his tribe, where he receives a warm welcome from his beloved. Goble illustrates in his usual clean, handsome style, employing bright colors, elegant compositions, and Native American motifs. Another excellent contribution from this fine storyteller. (Folklore/Picture book. 5+)

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1992
ISBN: 0-02-736261-2
Page count: 32pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1992


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