The Legend of the Lady Slipper
The lady slipper grows in the northern woods to mark the courage and strength of a small girl who lived there long ago - a girl who saved her people from a terrible disease by listening carefully to the whispering snow, the rumbling ice, and the dancing northern lights. Illustrated with paintings as graceful and delicate as the lady slipper itself, this unforgettable retel...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 26th 1999 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
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Dec 02, 2010 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful and dramatic Ojibwe tale that describes how the Lady Slipper flower came to be. The story is inspiring and enchanting - depicting a brave and strong little girl who saves the members of her family from the ravages of a terrible disease by making a dangerous journey to a neighboring village to get medicine. The illustrations are very nice and complement the tale well. We really enjoyed reading this story aloud together.
This book is very great to use as a link in social studies and studying other groups. It talks about sicknesses in the Native American people, so the students can learn some of their language and discuss why the girl had to go to another tribe? How is that different from today?
Great example of a legend or a story that started as an oral tradition. There were some wonderful vocabulary words and beautiful illustrations. Also great for making predictions with because of all of the events that take place.
Jan 27, 2011 Lindsey rated it 4 of 5 stars
A Ojibwe Tale about how the delicate wild flower called the Lady Slipper came to grow in the Northern United States and Canada. The vibrant pictures and the sparse text would make this a quick read aloud.