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Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale (1974)

by Gerald McDermott

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great images, colorful, simple, and powerful ( )
  mccandlessn | Apr 6, 2014 |
This traditional story of a boy searching for his father, who happens to be the sun was a fun quest showing the reader the older traditions of the Pueblo Indians like doing the Dance of Life and importance of the sun to them, which is the source of all life. The illustrations were specifically native American and really made the reader feel that they were reading a book made by the native American Indians. instead of the usual looking people or sun, they had a fun Pueblo Indian twist along with the colors that they used, which were mostly orange, yellow, brown, and black, until the very end. The journey that the boy went on to find his father was also very interesting because he had to become an arrow and then pass a series of tests in order to prove he was the sun's son. When he came back to the village he was celebrated because of his newfound power and this quest was very interesting for the reader and told in a great way. I thought that the illustrations throughout the book were the most important, and best, part to this story, even though the story and plot line were great too. Going on a journey and returning a hero is something ever child likes to read and this father and son relationship could be used as a parallel to any father and son pair in the real world. ( )
  ramber1 | Mar 21, 2014 |
This Pueblo Indian Tale focuses on a boy who is on a quest to find his father, the sun. To prove to his father that he was indeed his son, he had to pass through four ceremonial chambers. Upon proving his identity, the boy returns to earth where they celebrate in the dance of life.
  psuchilit14 | Feb 5, 2014 |
Lord of the Sun sent a the spark of life to the earth- a "fatherless" boy. He was mocked and searched for his father. Finding him after he was shot as an arrow to the Sun he had to prove himself by passing 4 tests. He returned to the earth as a (rainbow) to bring the spirit to the world of men. Celebration is called the Dance of Life.
  deannachambers | Jan 28, 2014 |
Caldecott winner, 1975
Pueblo Indian tale about a boy whose father is the son and the trials he undergoes to become the true son of the sun
  bp0128bd | Jan 24, 2014 |
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An expression of the universal myth of the hero-quest, this beautiful story also portrays the Indian reverence for the source of life: the Solar Fire. Vibrant full-color illustrations capture the boldness and color of Pueblo art. A Caldecott Medal Book.

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An adaptation of the Pueblo Indian myth which explains how the spirit of the Lord of the Sun was brought to the world of men.

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