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The Rainbow Bridge

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  43 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Hutash the earth goddess creates a rainbow bridge--and saves her people from drowning by turning them into dolphins.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1995)
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Kara Duncan
The Rainbow Bridge is a story of a tribe from the beginning of their time. The tribe came from seeds scattered across the land like flowers. The tribe becomes too large for the land they are living on and are told in three days there will be a bridge ready to take them across the water to a new land to live. The ones who doubted the rainbow bridge and its' power fell off into the water and drown, or so we thought. At the end of the story we learned the ones who fell off became dolphins that woul ...more
Rosa Cline
Jul 01, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, mine-read
This was a beautifully illustrated storybook about how Los Angeles CA 'came to be'. The way the Chumas Indians believe how the islands came to be and also how the dolphins are so sacred. This was an interesting book, nicely written but the paintings that are used as the illustrations is what REALLY makes this book. But becareful of younger children reading this, as an adult be ready to help educate them in the way you believe and how some tribes of Indians believe differently than some others et ...more
Jun 17, 2014 Kara rated it really liked it
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The prose of the story is good, but the illustrations are an attempt at Maxfield Parish that falls short of the mark, and comes off looking photoshopped.
Aaron Ayers
Aug 16, 2015 Aaron Ayers rated it liked it
A nice folklore piece of a Native American tribe that explains and gives reason to multiple aspects of their culture.
Cindy D
This unusual legend reveals how Hutash accomplished a dangerous task and how she saved some of the Chumash from drowning by transforming them into dolphins. This sophisticated picture book and has a complex theme relating to Native Indians in the content of social studies. This book could be used in the content area of social studies during lessons on Native Americans to help students understand Indian legends.

Jun 08, 2008 Maria rated it did not like it
I want to like this story because it is set in and around Santa Barbara. It was written by a Santa Barbaraian and researched at a museum on the street where I grew up. But I don't like it. I think the story is a bland retelling of Chumash oral traditions. The paintings are almost pretty but mostly come off as creepy and synthetic. Not a fan.
Carrie Horton
Aug 31, 2013 Carrie Horton rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-10
I liked this book. I loved the artwork. The pictures were very colorful and they fit perfectly with the text. The book talks about a rainbow bridge and the Chumash tribe. Very good book!
Nov 25, 2011 Monique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Books that truly capture the imagination of Native American folk tales can be hard to find. This book did an excellent job!
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Dolphins! <3
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Audrey Wood studied art and drama at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has owned an operated a book and import store, taught chldren's drama and art, and traveled throughout Mexico and Guatemala studying Indian folk art. She now lives in Hawaii with her talented family (husband Don and son Bruce, who have both collaborated with Audrey by illustrating some of her books).
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