Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back

Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back

Written and illustrated by: Joseph Bruchac

Elementary and Junior High Grades

"To many Native Americans, the 13 cycles of the moon represent the changing seasons and the passage of time. Each moon has its own special name that, while varying among the tribal nations, is consistent with the legend that the 13 scales on Old Turtle's back hold the key to these moons. The authors present 13 poems that take readers through the year, from the "Moon of Popping Trees"--when the "cottonwoods crack with frost"--to the "Big Moon" of the Abenakis. This unusual and intelligent book is an exemplary introduction to Native American culture with its emphasis on the importance of nature."

Publishers Weekly Review

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