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Ch'ał Tó Yiníló: Frog Brings Rain
As fire creeps toward the village of the First People, First Man and First Woman must find a way to quench the flames. First Woman asks the Bird People, the River People, and the Water People for assistance, but everyone she speaks to has an excuse. Not me, said Mockingbird. The smoke would hurt my voice and I would never sing again. Not me, said Snail. I carry my house wi ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Salina Bookshelf, Inc.
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This is a bilingual, Navajo folktale. The folktale retells how rain was needed and how it came to be. The First Woman, one of the main characters, asks several animals to help. However, many of the animals give reasons of why they cannot help. When the First Woman asks Frog he agrees to help. But Frog needs help, he needs to be carried. So, Crane agrees to help him. After Frog and Crane are successful, the First Woman rewards Crane with springs and pools, and the Frog is rewarded with marshes an ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Patricia Powell rated it 5 of 5 stars · (Review from the author)
A beautiful Navajo/English language book, and environmental story. Don't divert the water or we'll live in desert (so says Otter, Beaver, and Muskrat). Don't empty the spring or you'll have no water to drink (so says the snail). But Frog will come to the rescue with the help of Crane. I want an outfit just like First Woman's in this book.