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Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children
Beginning with Native American stories, this invaluable resource provides hands-on activities that inspire children to understand and appreciate Native American cultures and the Earth.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Fulcrum Publishing
(first published September 15th 1988)
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Aug 01, 2016 Henry Martin rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
This was a well-rounded collection of Native American stories, grouped by theme from Creation to things around us, and the natural world. The collection is made up of stories from diverse Native American tribes in all regions, told in a simple, oral tradition narrative style (which was a welcomed refreshment in style), and each story features, as an added bonus, activities for young readers and their families to further advance the message and meaning in the story using simple project and the na ...more
Sep 04, 2009 Kelly Coyle DiNorcia rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I learned SO MUCH from this book! My daughter has lots of questions when we're outside hiking and enjoying nature, and I was frequently finding myself unable to answer them. This book is a little textbook-y, but easy to read and extrememly informative, with a great introduction to a diverse number of topics in biology. It also contains a lot of great activities that could be used with a group or one-on-one.
Go outside. Look at the stars. Learn about other peoples' creation myths and beliefs--this is what Joseph Bruchac offers in this book. Excellent resource for teachers, parents--for that matter, anyone who wants to offer children firsthand experiences with the natural world. The stories are particularly wonderful.
Got this book from the library and it was an amazing concept. It reminded me of Story Path curriculum in that it combines story-telling with observation and experimentation to teach science concepts. I definitely have to get this book for when my kids are older. For right now, they enjoyed the stories at bedtime.
Joseph Bruchac lives with his wife, Carol, 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. Although his American Indian heritage is only one part of an ethnic background that includes Slovak and English blood, those Native roots are the ones by wh ...moreMore about Joseph Bruchac...