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The Legend of the Bluebonnet (1983)

by Tomie dePaola

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A retelling of the Comanche Indian legend of how a little girl's sacrifice brought the flower called bluebonnet to Texas.
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    The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin (goodiegoodie)
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    Jamaica's Find by Juanita Havill (madu)
    madu: Both of these are stories about children sacrificing a cherished toy for the sake of others.
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    Lila and the secret of the rain by David Conway (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Similar storyline: drought, little girl communicates with spirits/nature to bring rain

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Independent Reading Level: Grade PK-3
  annamatthews75 | Apr 28, 2023 |
I adore Tomie DePaola's work! His bold illustrations and commitment to his research of the stories and cultures that he writes about is evident in every story and this story is no exception. He clearly has a deep respect for the subjects he writes about. The legend that he shares with us gives us an explanation about the origin of bluebonnets blooming in Texas every spring, but it also gives us a young heroine that we can look to as a source of strength and selflessness. She-who-is-alone is a character that many children will see themselves in. Her doll is her most cherished possession and she chose to give him up to save her people. Children can be so selfless and giving especially when it comes to the people that they love. This story has a powerful message and a beautiful outcome.
  anicol83 | Jul 13, 2022 |
Independent Reading Level: Grades 2-3
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  SteviePearce | May 2, 2022 |
This was the first book I can remember reading by myself. Even though I havent touched it in decades, I still remember it vividly ( )
  Chinesa72 | Jul 28, 2021 |
This book has always been one of my favorite children's books. I love the storyline, the emphasis on personal sacrifice. and the beautiful illustrations. In the classroom this book could be used to teach the importance of language, customs, traditions, and how those themes can be woven into literature. ( )
  Leighann-Rathe | Feb 8, 2021 |
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For Margaret Looper who introduced me to the tale.
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Great Spirits, the land is dying.
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A retelling of the Comanche Indian legend of how a little girl's sacrifice brought the flower called bluebonnet to Texas.

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this is neat book about an Indian girl and the legend of the blue bonnet. She gives a sacrifice to make the drought of her land go away and it comes back as a field full of blue wildflowers.
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