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

by Gerald McDermott, Gereld McDermott (Illustrator)

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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 |
rrow to the Sun is an art lover's dream. The colors are vibrant, the geometric retelling of the story is bold and at times even humorous. I had mixed reactions when I read this book to my children: my son who tends to be less artistically inclined did not enjoy the art, but our four year old boy loved it. The myth is beautiful and inspiring and has all the magic and mystery wrapped in the art as well as the text. ( )
  aconant | Jun 6, 2014 |
This Pueblo Indian tale, tells a story about a boy, named the lord of the sun, who is in search of his father. The boy leaves his mother and towns people to go on a search and comes across a couple of people who ignore him when he asks them for help. When he reaches the arrow maker, the arrow maker lets him use an arrow to shot himself to the sun. Once on the sun, the boy find a man who he thinks is his father. The man instructs him to pass through the four chambers of ceremony. This includes Kiva of lion, Kiva of Serpents, the Kiva of bees and lastly the Kiva of Lightning. The boy successful passes through all four chambers a changed person and knows this man must be his father. Once he returns, the towns people celebrate by dancing.
  Shoshanabrmsn | May 29, 2014 |
Arrow to the Sun is an adapted book that was written from a myth of the Pueblo Indians about how the Lord of the Sun was brought to the world of the men (earth).
  jess_shalee | May 3, 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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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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