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

by Gerald McDermott, Gereld McDermott (Illustrator)

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Arrow to the sun tells how Boy was sent to the earth via arrow from the Lord of the Sun. Other boys mock him and tease him about not having a father and he sets on a quest to find his father. The wise arrow maker makes Boy back into an arrow to travel to the Lord of the Sun, who makes Boy prove himself by passing through four chambers of ceremony before returning to earth.
  widdowsd | May 19, 2017 |
The subtitle is A Pueblo Indian Tale, and the Caldecott-winning artwork is reminiscent of Native art I’ve seen, with a color palette rich with oranges, reds, yellows and browns.

The book relates how the Lord of the Sun sent his spirit to the people of earth. I cannot help but compare this Pueblo Indian tale with the story of Christ.

The Lord of the Sun sends a “spark of life” to earth, where it enters the house of a maiden, who then has a baby. The boy is persecuted by others, and then travels to his Father. After enduring several trials the father tells the son, “you must return to earth … and bring my spirit to the world of men.” So he returns to earth, and the people celebrate with the “dance of life.” ( )
  BookConcierge | Mar 21, 2017 |
The sun sends an arrow down to earth filled with the gift of life and a boy is born from it. While he grows up all the other boys make fun of him for not having a father, so the boy tells his mother that he is going to find him. He goes around everywhere asking people who his father is. The arrow maker does not respond but sees the sun in him so he turns the boy into an arrow and shoots him to the sun. The boy sees his father but must prove to him that he is really his son. He goes through four trials and comes out victorious. He then has the power of the sun and is sent back to earth where they rejoice in his return.
This is an amazingly illustrated book. I remember this book from my childhood because of the beautiful artwork. This book could be used to teach about culture because it is a retelling of a Pueblo Indian Myth. It could also be used for an art project. This would be a great artistic style for students to mimic through collage. ( )
  JuliaTrinchero | Mar 5, 2017 |
This is a book about a native america folk tale. There was boy who didn't have a father and he just lived with his mother. Then after years of being bullied by the people in his village he left in order to look for his father. Then he spoke to a man who made arrows and he showed him where his father was. He had to pass a lot of challenges in order to be his fathers son but then he did and made it back ti his village and was honored because his father was one of the gods.
  BurgessMeredith | Mar 4, 2017 |
A Caldecott Award book for its unique illustrations. A simple Native Indian tale to use for lower elementary.
  ansleyg | Feb 25, 2017 |
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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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