Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back

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Perfection Learning Corporation, Aug 1, 1997 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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In many Native American cultures it is believed that the thirteen scales on Turtle's shell stand for the thirteen cycles of the moon, each with its own name and a story that relates to the changing seasons. Storyteller and American Book Award recipient Joseph Bruchac and poet Jonathan London collaborate to reveal the beauty of the natural world around us, while Thomas Locker's spectacular oil paintings honor both Native American legends and the varied American landscape.

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User Review  - Beverly J. - Goodreads

Absolutely outstanding book. What an amazing thrift store find for .20 cents. Wonderful illustrations and fantastic use of ode form to explain each moon from 13 different tribes. Read full review

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User Review  - Lila Brantley - Goodreads

This book of thirteen poems tells the meaning of different moon cycles in several Native American tribes. The author explains that most tribes have several different names and reasons for a certain ... Read full review

About the author (1997)

Joseph Bruchac lives in the Adirondack mountain foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York, in the same house where his maternal grandparents raised him. Much of his writing draws on that land and his Abenaki ancestry. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from Syracuse and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Union Institute of Ohio. His work as a educator includes eight years of directing a college program for Skidmore College inside a maximum security prison. With his late wife, Carol, he founded the Greenfield Review Literary Center and The Greenfield Review Press. He has edited a number of highly praised anthologies of contemporary poetry and fiction.

Jonathan London was born a "navy-brat" in Brooklyn, New York, and raised on Naval stations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. He received a Masters Degree in Social Sciences but never formally studied literature or creative writing. He began to consider himself a writer about the time he graduated from college. After college he became a dancer in a modern dance company and worked at numerous low-paying jobs as a laborer or counselor. He wrote poems and short stories for adults, earning next to nothing despite being published in many literary magazines. For some 20 years before he penned his first children's book, London was writing poetry and short stories for adults. In the early 1970s, he was reading his poems in San Francisco jazz clubs, and those experiences found their way into his witty children's book Hip Cat, which has been featured on the PBS children's television show Reading Rainbow. After writing down the tale The Olw Who Became the Moon in 1989, London began to wonder if other people might want to read it. He picked up his kids' copy of Winnie-the-Pooh and saw that the book was published by Dutton, so he casually decided to send his story to them. Surprisingly enough, they wanted to publish him. Working with different illustrators, and occasionally with co-authors, London has produced literally dozens of books. Most have appeared under his name, but some have come out under a pseudonym, which still remains a secret.He has published over forty books and has earned recognitions from organizations like the National Science Teachers Association.

Thomas Locker is a renowned author and artist who has earned several distinctions for his children's books, including the Parent's Choice Award for Illustration, and the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Candace Christiansen is a teacher of chemistry and mathematics at a school in Columbia County, NY. She is also the author of three children's books. They live in Stuyvesant, NY.

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