The Legend of the Bluebonnet: An Old Tale of Texas

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Putnam, 1983 - Juvenile Fiction - 30 pages
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Thick clusters of vivid blue flowers, which resemble old-fashioned sunbonnets, cover the Texas hills in the springtime every year. These lovely wild flowers, known by the name of bluebonnet, are the state flower of Texas.

This favorite legend based on Comanche Indian lore, tells the story of how the bluebonnet came to be. Tomie dePaola's powerful retelling and his magnificent full-color paintings perfectly capture the Comanche People, the Texas hills, and the spirit of She-Who-Is-Alone, a little girl who made a sacrifice to save her tribe.

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The pictures for this book are illustrated beautifully. - Goodreads
This somewhat sad story has a beautiful ending. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Katy Pitrucha - Goodreads

This book is based on a folk tale of how the Texas state flower, the bluebonnet, came to be. Books like this are interesting because they explore cultural history. It's important for people to learn ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lorena Magallanes - Goodreads

The Legend of the Bluebonnet was retold and illustrated by Tomie dePaola. The story takes place in modern day Texas, where a village of the Comanche had endured famine and drought. The young girl ... Read full review

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About the author (1983)

Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut on September 15, 1934. He received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 1956, a M.F.A. from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1969, and a doctoral equivalency from Lone Mountain College in 1970. He has written and/or illustrated more than 200 books including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award and the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure. His murals and paintings can be seen in many churches and monasteries throughout New England. He has designed greeting cards, magazine and record album covers, and theater sets. His work is shown in galleries and museums.

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