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Roadrunner's Dance

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Caldecott winner David Diaz pairs with literary great Rudolfo Anaya in a mythical Southwestern folktale.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Disney-Hyperion
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Audrie Estrada
Apr 14, 2015 Audrie Estrada rated it really liked it
personal reaction: I loved this story. Its a very cute book that has lots of lessons to be brought out and learned. This book is a creation story about the roadrunner. There was a dessert woman who created the roadrunner so that he could keep the rattlesnake from biting people while they were in passing. The roadrunner must first learn to walk so that he can stand up to the rattlesnake, so he says that he has to practice over and over until he can get it right. This is one of the first lessons, ...more
Taylor Horvat
Apr 02, 2015 Taylor Horvat rated it really liked it
Personal Reaction: I really liked this story by Rudolfo Anaya. It included various lessons throughout the book that explained the creation of the roadrunner as it overcomes the rattlesnake. The lessons in this story are important for students to hear: that practice takes work but to never give up on it. This is a journey where the main character has to practice, practice, practice and eventually the roadrunner stands up to the rattlesnake and succeeds.

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The illustrations in this book are magnificent. They engage my 9 and 10 year old students much more than the average picture book., evoking great discussions. This is a child-friendly introduction to first nation creationist beliefs, and would be a great addition to any unit on folklore. I teach it year after year, and I continue to look forward to it each time. For teaching purposes, there is challenging vocabulary in addition to cross curricular connections to Social Studies and Science.
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I thought this book taught several interesting lessons within the story. It's a creation story of the roadrunner. The desert woman created him to keep the rattlesnake from biting people while they were in passing. The snake tells everyone he is the kind of the road and when the roadrunner is created, it must first learn to walk. The roadrunner keeps saying it needs practice practice. Which is the first lesson to be learn, that practice takes work but you must never give up. The book is also uniq ...more
Feb 08, 2010 Sheri rated it really liked it
Creationist story of who to get the Rattlesnake from controlling the road all the villagers need to move around on. Cute and lots of details about roadrunners. Kids loved it and the roadrunner. Used it to check on a subject I was interested in writing about.
Gorgeous glowing art in this animal origin story Chicano-First Nation traditions. Deals with each animal having a place and a gift as well as handling bullies. The construction of the roadrunner would make a fun flannelboard.
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Rudolfo Anaya lives and breathes the landscape of the Southwest. It is a powerful force, full of magic and myth, integral to his writings. Anaya, however, is a native Hispanic fascinated by cultural crossings unique to the Southwest, a combination of oldSpain and New Spain, of Mexico with Mesoamerica and the anglicizing forces of the twentieth century. Rudolfo Anaya is widely acclaimed as the foun ...more
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