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Brother Eagle, Sister Sky (original 1991; edition 2002)

by Susan Jeffers

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Title:Brother Eagle, Sister Sky
Authors:Susan Jeffers
Info:Puffin (2002), Paperback, 32 pages
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Rating:****
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Brother Eagle, Sister Sky by Susan Jeffers (Illustrator) (1991)

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2Q- inaccuracies and misrepresentation plague this book. Severely adapted text does not resemble the words of Chief Sealth accepted by historians and the Suquamish people. Pen and ink illustrations of Native Americans from the Plains region are well-done, but unfortunately the subjects and settings are not appropriate for the setting of the text (Pacific Northwest).
3P- Some readers will enjoy the double spread images and the environmental message, but the inaccuracies and stereotypical images will offend many. ( )
  claudiathelibrarian | May 4, 2012 |
4Q 2P

This is a classic book but I think it seems a bit dated now and has almost a stereotypical view of American Indian culture. The tale is adapted from a supposed speech, but the illustrations, although very detailed and beautiful, are dating the book. I don't think that many children will pick this book out on their own, without parent or teacher encouragement. ( )
  daisyacg | May 3, 2012 |
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Though the language may be difficult for early elementary school children to read on their own, Chief Seattle's powerful message speaks to children and adults of all ages. The vivid illustrations add emotional depth to the message and evoke thoughts of an emotional connection between humanity and nature.
  Sara_Killough | Apr 27, 2012 |
Innocently conceived, charmingly executed, disturbingly ignorant, dangerously inaccurate.
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Still shaking my head over this one. ( )
  CircusTrain | Apr 27, 2012 |
VOYA: 1Q, 4P
Beautiful pen and ink drawings and a message that feels prophetic have contributed to the popularity of this book, however, the images of Native Americans in this book are stereotypical and many appear as ghosts rather than real people. That and the fact that the text has been adapted by the illustrator are troubling enough to make a low quality rating.
  ekq | Apr 26, 2012 |
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This book is especially for Rye, Bud, Karen, Gay and Alden Vervaet who held in their mind the memory of the land as it was and have returned it to us to be loved by all. Special thanks to Mag-la-Que, Mahte-Topah, and Miyaca.
This book is especially for Rye, Bud, Karen, Gay and Alden Vervaet who held in their mind the memory of the land as it was and have returned it to us to be loved by all.
Special thanks to Mag-la-Que, Mahte-Topah, and Miyaca
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In a time so long ago that nearly all traces of it are lost in the prairie dust, an ancient people were a part of the land that we love and call America.
In a time so long ago that nearly all traces of it are lost in the prairie dust, an ancient people were a part of the land that we love and all America
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0803709692, Hardcover)

"How can you buy the sky? How can you own the rain and the wind?"

So begin the moving words attributed to a great American Indian chief--Chief Seattle--over 100 years ago. They are words that eloquently capture the central belief of Native Americans: that this earth and every creature on it is sacred. It is this belief that inspired Susan Jeffers' extraordinary full-color paintings.

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A Suquamish Indian chief describes his people's respect and love for the earth, and concern for its destruction.

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