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

by Gerald McDermott, Gereld McDermott (Illustrator)

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This children's book is based on an old Pueblo Indian tale about a boy who is son of the Sun and who wishes to meet his father. He is shaped into an arrow and shot towards the Sun. He meets several tests and his father has him return to Earth to teach man of the Sun's spirit. The book won the 1975 Caldecott Medal for best illustrations in a book for children. Children will love the story and the colors of the book have a great appeal.

This book while relatively simple in text has a lot of avenues that a teacher could go down. It is a folk tale and exhibits the elements of that genre well, it covers a different cultural group - though more information would need to be found to check its accuracy, and its is very visually stimulating. When teaching with this book, I think it would be a great addition to a folk tale study. It would be interesting to use in a compare and contrast about two folk tales as a way for the students to discover what the elements of a folk tale are. Then once they find the elements they can create some form of visual aid for the class to use.
  Sara1211 | Sep 20, 2016 |
This book is about a young boy who was sent to the world by the son and as he grew up he was made fun of because he did not have a father. He decided to make it his mission to find his father. He went on a quest and ran into multiple people, but when he asked them if they knew his father they just ignored him. Finally he came across an arrow maker who shot him back to the sun, because he knew that was where his father was. Once he got there, the man on the son told him that he had to pass through the four chambers in order to prove that he was his son. He did, and then the man transformed him into a new person, then shot him back to the earth, where the people praised him.

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I loved the pictures throughout the book. I do think this story would be a little harder for younger audiences to read but it was such beautifully illustrated story of a boy on a quest to find his father.

Classroom Extension:
1. I would ask my kids to take twenty minutes to journal about what they think happened after the boy returned back to earth.
2. I would ask the kids to flip through the book and look at the different pictures then hand out a stick figure cutout shaped like the boy from the story and ask them to color themselves as if they were a character in the story.
  Shelby_Booker1214 | Sep 16, 2016 |
A young boy goes on a journey to find his father who happens to be the Lord of the Sun. He becomes an arrow, shoots to the sun, meets his father, proves himself and happily returns to the people in his pueblo.
  Jennaclubb | Aug 30, 2016 |
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 |
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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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