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

by Gerald McDermott, Gereld McDermott (Illustrator)

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A boy - a child of the sun - goes on a mission to find his father. This tale is accompanied by art that is true to Native American history.
  TammyBB | Aug 1, 2016 |
Cultures have used myths to explain the world. In Arrow to the Sun, the Pueblo Indian tale, the spark of life is sent to Earth by the Sun. The illustrations are intense. Great book to add to collection of traditional literature to showcase a variety of cultures. ( )
  Patty6508 | Jul 5, 2016 |
The story here is a Native American Pueblo tale. It begins when "Long ago the Lord of the Sun sent the spark of life to earth." "It traveled down the rays of the sun, through the heavens, and it came to the Pueblo." "There it entered the home of a young maiden." "In this way, the Boy came into the world of men."
Growing up alone with his mother, the boy is derided by the other boys. "Where is your father?" Finally, the boy could take it no more. He left to find his father. The Corn Planter and the Pot Maker could not help him. But the wise Arrow Maker could. The Arrow Maker made the boy into an arrow and shot him into the sun.
  juliechristian | Jun 24, 2016 |
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 |
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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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