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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User Review  - mmg020 - LibraryThing

This is a great book to introduce folktale, especially into a Texas located classroom. This is because it is about the "legend" of an Indian girl who sacrifices the selfishness of her tribes in order ... Read full review

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User Review  - kristinanairn - LibraryThing

This is a very good book about teaching Native American legend/culture. The girl in the story is the "hero" of her village and sacrifices her most valued possession to help the rest of her tribesmen. 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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