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Spider is afraid to get up on stage in front of everybody for the school spelling bee, but after listening to his father's advice, he decides that he too will try to be as brave as his Shoshone ancestors.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 15th 1996 by Clarion Books
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Kathleen Pine
A young native american boy named Spider is afraid to participate in his school's spelling bee. He describes his fear of getting up on the large stage and you see his building anxiety of the upcoming day. However, after talking to his family and getting advice of how to conquer his fears, he decides to compete. Using the tactics of his Shoshone ancestors such as being "brave as a mountain lion", "clever as a coyote", and "silent as a spider," he successfully conquers his fear and even comes in s ...more
Esther Storrie
Brave as a Mountain Lion tells the story of Spider, a modern Shoshone boy, faced with a typical problem; he is petrified about participating in his school’s spelling bee. He seeks out advice from his father (be brave as a mountain lion), his grandmother (be clever as a coyote), and his older brother (be silent as a spider). When he sees a little spider spinning its web, he is inspired to “listen to his spirit,” and he finds the courage to participate in the spelling bee. Even though he finishes ...more
Megan Phillips
A boy that is nervous about participating in a spelling bee receives advice from his family members on the Shoshone reservation. The family members offer an animal to act like influencing him to be unafraid.

This book could be used in order to understand more about Native American culture. It shows how influenced they are by nature and the animals within it.
Vanessa
Great story about courage and family support as seen through the story of a native American boy who works up to the night of the school spelling bee.
Johnny D.
i think you should not be afraid when you go up stage because you mite be a winner somehow.
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Ann Herbert Scott describes herself as "a transplanted Easterner who has come to love the wide skies and far mountain ranges of the West." She is the author of SAM, ON MOTHER'S LAP, and several other picture books. She lives Benicia, California.

Ann Herbert Scott was born in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, and grew up writing. Her first children's book, co-authored with a friend and never published,
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