Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back

Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back

A Native American Year of Moons

Book - 1992
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"Unusual and intelligent...An exemplary introduction to Native American culture with its emphasis on the importance of nature." -- Publishers Weekly

In Native American legend, the thirteen scales on Old Turtle's back hold the key to the thirteen cycles of the moon and the changing seasons. These lyrical poems and striking paintings celebrate the wonder of the seasons, from the Northern Cheyenne's Moon of the Popping Trees to the Big Moon of the Abenaki.

"This book instills a spiritual respect for our land and an appreciation for the people who were its first caring guardians." -- American Bookseller

A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Language Arts
An IRA Teacher's Choice Book
A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, 1992.
ISBN: 9780698115842
9780399221415
0399221417
Branch Call Number: J 398. 209701 BRU
Characteristics: [32] p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: London, Jonathan 1947-
Locker, Thomas 1937-
Alternative Title: 13 moons on turtle's back.

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Jul 06, 2017

A beautiful telling of the a turtles back as a moon calendar. Tribes may differ in the number of moons followed as the author notes at the end but this book covers 13 from several of North American native people. Intimate connections created with the seasons, animals and natural world.

Gorgeous illustrations and a taste of many indigenous tribes bring ancient wisdom to little people today. An excellent resource for native history and seasonal connections. A demonstration of deep reverence and love of the earth.

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