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The Gift of the Sacred Dog (1980)

by Paul Goble

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The Great Spirit gives the sacred dog to an Indian boy seeking relief for his hungry people.

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This is a folktale about the emergence and influence of horses on the lives of the Native American tribes living on the Great Plains. The imagery sends the reader right into the story and the brightly colored illustrations add to this beautifully written tale. There is a short explanation at the beginning of the book which describes the meaning of the title and the fact that this book centers on the nomadic buffalo hunters who struggled to obtain food before the introduction of the horse by the Spanish. This story is about respecting animals and the earth. ( )
  AlissaAnneMay | Feb 10, 2022 |
The Great Spirit gives the sacred dog to an Indian boy seeking relief for his hungry people.
  BLTSbraille | Nov 2, 2021 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
A brave boy goes into the hills and prays for help for his people. A rider on a magnificent animal comes to him and says: "This animal is called the Sacred Dog. He can do many things your dogs can do and also more...He is as the wind: gentle but sometimes frightening." The clouds close and suddenly one by one countless Sacred Dogs course down from the sky. And so the courage of one determined boy is rewarded by the Great Spirit: The horse, or Sacred Dog, is given to his tribe.
  Sara1211 | Oct 3, 2016 |
A Native American folklore story about where horses come from. A boy who goes out to find help for his tribe. A man on a "sacred dog" tells him all about these animals and then many more come out of the clouds for him to deliver to his people
  LiletteReaves | Sep 11, 2016 |
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In this story of an American Indian tribe's introduction to the horse, a Plains Indian boy (no tribe indicated) asks the Great Spirit to help his hungry people and is answered by the appearance of a "sacred dog" to help in the buffalo hunt. Beautifully illustrated with full-color drawings.
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