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DePaola, Tommie

New York : Putnam, 1988
IL K-3
ISBN 0399215344

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

A young Native American boy learns a life lesson as he learns that all people have different talents and he discovers how to use his own talent to benefit his community.

Booktalk #2
This is the story about Little Gopher who longed to go hunting with the others in the tribe.  He was a small boy and not to strong but the shaman assured him he would grow up to do great things.  When it is time for him to go on his manhood quest he has a dream.  In his dream an old Indian tells Little Gopher he will paint great pictures while a maiden tells him to find a white buckskin.  Little Gopher returns and begins to paint the animal skins from the warriors’ hunts.  Months pass and he finally finds his white buckskin but it remains blank because he cannot find the colors he wants.  Later in another dream he is told where to look for them.  He travels to the hilltop as instructed and in the ground everywhere he finds paintbrushes filled with the colors of the sunset.  He begins to paint before the sun finishes setting.  He takes the painting back to his people, leaving to paintbrushes behind.  The next morning the hills are covered in flowers the color of the sunset.  (Patty Shingleton, Hazard, KY)

SUBJECTS:     Indians of North America -- Great Plains -- Folklore
                        Artists -- Folklore
                        Flowers -- Folklore


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