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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 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 |
I like this story, because the Boy, the main character, struggles at first but triumphs and is happy in the end. I love happy endings! The Boy ends up finding his father and learning that he is special, which I think is an important message children can grasp and relate to with this story. I also think older students would recognize and relate the characters of this story to the Christian belief of the Holy Trinity. The connections this story has to the Pueblo People is very interesting for its readers. Students would enjoy thinking through and researching the importance of the sun to the Pueblo Indians. Additionally, the illustrations in this book also reflect Pueblo art styles and are pleasingly bold.
  brynnschaal | Jan 16, 2016 |
6. The Pueblo Indian tale by Gerald McDermott is a variation of a Pueblo Indian myth which explains how the spirit if the Lord of the Sun was brought to the world of men. The overall message of this exquisite picture book is the endurance and persistence to finding an answer to a question without allowing obstacles to block your path. I liked this book for a few reasons. First, the story’s theme was meaningful because it taught persistence and inner strength can get you through any hardship. Though, the setting was dated back to the Pueblo Indian’s era, the plot is suspenseful. A son was dedicated in figuring out who his real father was, which in the end it was the Lord of the Sun, however the organization of the plot was engaging. Second, the story helps the reader to understand the different perspective of the Pueblo Indian time period. Additionally, the illustrations are created by bright, vibrant colors and symbolic type of shapes to resemble the traditions of Indian myths and tales. Third, the picture book creates mythical characters, but their point of views and perspectives are like human nature. For example, a son is looking to find his real father as his peers make fun of him for not knowing his true parent. I like how the book creates an accurate setting for the time period, but the overall big idea of the story can relate to readers experiences. ( )
  kacieforest | Apr 6, 2015 |
Origin story for the Pueblo people of the American Southwest, a boy searches to find his father and is sent through a series of rites of passage/challenges by the mighty sun lord. The boy draws strength from nature, is rewarded for his bravery and inspires all of his people as a hero, descended directly from the sun god/lord.
  lrubin75 | Oct 11, 2014 |
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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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Long ago the Lord of the Sun sent the spark of life to earth.
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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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