Night Dancer: Mythical Piper of the Native American Southwest

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Scholastic Inc., 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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A lyrical picture book poem featuring Kokopelli, the beloved humpbacked southwestern Native American god.

This lyrical poem follows Kokopelli, the god of dance and music, as he travels through the moonlit desert playing his flute and inviting the desert animals to join in his dance. Coyote, Snake, Tortoise, Javelina, Jackrabbit, Tarantula, and the sleeping children of a nearby pueblo accept his invitation, and joyously follow this pied piper of the Rio Grande in his midnight dance.

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User Review  - malindahodgson - LibraryThing

This was a nice book. I enjoyed the pictures and the story. The book was about an Indian who played music and danced at night. People and animals followed him dancing. I think my favorite part about this book was the pictures. Read full review

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User Review  - Ueva - Goodreads

A beautiful book about Kokopelli with beautiful rhymes and artwork. I would recommend it to anyone who has a fascination with Native North American Lore. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

When Marcia Vaughan was a young girl, she loved telling wild stories to her friends. Now she is the author of more than eighty books for children published in the United States, Australia, Canada, and England. Her books have been honored as an American Library Association Notable Children's Book and a Junior Library Guild Selection. Vaughan lives on Vashon Island, Washington with her son, Sam, and husband, Richard, who is also an author.

Desimini has created oil paintings as well as multimedia art for numerous children's books and adult book jackets.

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