THE EARTH UNDER SKY BEAR'S FEET: NATIVE AMERICAN POEMS OF THE LAND by Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by Thomas Locker. Philomel Books, 200 Madison Ave., N.Y., NY 10016, (800) 847-5515, FAX: (212 545- 1914). Illustrated, author's note. 32 pp., $15.95 cloth. 0-399- 22713-X, Ages 8 - 15/p>
"Listen, and I will share with you some of the stories the old people tell about what Sky Bear sees and hears through the night" -- Grandmother
To many tribes, Sky Bear is the Ursa Major (Big Dipper) constellation, and in this companion to "Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back" (1992), Bruchac has collected thirteen songs and stories about what Sky Bear sees on the land he inspects each night: fireflies (Anishinabe), a family of mice (Winnebago), pinion trees (Chumash), an old wolf (Lakota), and others. Combined, these voices celebrate the night and reassure those that are fearful of it. Locker's radiant paintings add drama and detail to each scene. Grade: A. Reviewed by Steve Brock
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