Eleven Nature Tales : A Multicultural Journey

by Pleasant DeSpain


A multicultural journey celebrating Earth's oldest legends and lore.Folktales are as old as mankind, yet as new as each sunrise. They were shaped in a time when our ancestors knew that their daily welfare depended on maintaining a balance in nature. Today the survival of the planet depends on that same balance, and Pleasant DeSpain believes "we can count on the tales of old to provide ecological explanations, lessons, warnings, and wonders." DeSpain provides eleven ancient stories that address the natural elements. The opening story, "All Things Are Connected," comes from Zaire and handily illustrates the balance of nature. The ending story, "Enough Is Enough," is a native Quinault tale explaining the formation of the Puget Sound. In between are folktales from Fiji, Central Asia, Australia, China, Portugal, and the Algonquin, Cherokee, and Tlingit native people, illustrated in scratchboard by Joe Shlichta. These ancient tales of ancestors teach readers the importance of citizenship, resourcefulness and respect. One reviewer praised Pleasant DeSpain's skill, saying that he "knows how to convert the oral versions to written versions which are suited for children as well as adults of all ages."

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Book Information

Copyright year 1996
ISBN-13 9780874834581
ISBN-10 0874834589
Class Copyright
Publisher August House Publishers, Incorporated
Subject Nature
File Size 21 MB
Number of Pages 96
Length of Recording 1
Language ENG
Shelf No. NC462
Grade Range 3-7
Ages 8-12
Lexile 670L
Curriculums Texas Education Agency Instructional Materials Trademarks