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

by Gerald McDermott, Gereld McDermott (Illustrator)

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This book has really great pictures, I read this to my niece who is seven and she absolutely loved the bright illustrations and the way they told the story. I think this book would be great to teach a social studies lesson on Mexican culture and the different folktales of different cultures. You could also use this in first or second grade to compare this to folktales from other cultures. ( )
  ddeely | Mar 28, 2016 |
I believe this book could be used in an upper elementary social studies or language arts classroom. After reading this book, students can further their understanding of the Pueblo Indians by studying the pueblo houses, regions, and adaptations. An extension I would use with this book would be to have students use modeling clay to construct their own pueblo houses, focusing on the materials, climate, and adaptations.This story could also be used to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between Native American folktales. Students can create their own Venn Diagrams and fill in the appropriate information.
  Emily.Clark | Mar 27, 2016 |
Summary: This is retelling of a famous Pueblo tale about the son of the Sun. The boy is shunned by the community and must prove himself to his father before claiming his true rights.

Reflection: The art in this book is true to the Pueblo style of art and adds cultural awareness to the story and to young readers. It is a good Hero's tale. ( )
  AlinaA | Mar 10, 2016 |
This book was about the Sun God who had a child with an Indian women. When the boy grows he endures the challenges presented to him from his father to prove his lineage. This book was very well written. The illustrations went along well, and in a simple fashion, with the text. One thing that can be noticed is that the boy carries the symbol of his father on his chest and through the whole story.
Genere: Folk-lore
1: Learning India folk-lore
2: looking for patterns in picture books
Media: Gouache and pen ( )
  Jazmyn96 | Feb 9, 2016 |
Arrow to the Sun tells the story of how the Lord of the Sun sent a spark of life to earth which produced a baby boy. The boy group up, but was teased because he did not have a father. After searching for his father, he is turned into an arrow and shot to the sun where he must pass through four stages to prove that he is his father's son. After passing the chambers, he is transformed and sent back to earth, where his return is celebrated

The illustrations were made using gouache and ink.

GENRE: Myth (tells a Pueblo Indian story of how the spirit of the Lord of the Sun came to earth)

- teaching students about Pueblo Indian and other Native American culture
- have students explore Native American artwork in addition to illustrations and try to create their own inspired by the style
  sso14 | Feb 7, 2016 |
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This adaptation of the Pueblo myth about how the sun was brought to the world is illustrated with abstract, geometric illustrations in Southwest colors, which predominate over the brief, simple text.

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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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