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The Legend of the Bluebonnet (Legends)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  3,224 ratings  ·  149 reviews
This favorite legend, based on Comanche lore, tells the story of how the bluebonnet, the state flower of Texas, came to be. A "Reading Rainbow" Review Title. An American Bookseller Pick of the List Book. A Booklist Children's Editors' Choice. A NCSS Notable Children's Trade Book. Full color.
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Published June 1st 2009 by Baker & Taylor, CATS (first published March 25th 1983)
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Another one we had to read for school but we really liked this one. We've read several by Tomie dePaola in the past and love his books. This was no exception. An educational story about giving up something important to you for those that you love, it shows that even children have the power to be brave. My 5 yr old loved this story and so did I. Not only the moral lesson here, but there's lots of learning about the American Indian culture. We learned about tipi's (how they spell it in the book), ...more
Philip Carlson
The legend of the bluebonnet is the courageous story of a young Comanche girl named, She-Who-Is-Alone, and her selfless act of saving her people from famine and drought. She-Who-Is-Alone cherishes her warrior doll, which was made for her by many different people in her family using precious materials valued by her People. The Comanche have been experiencing a severe drought and there is not enough food for everyone to eat. The Shaman speaks to the Great Spirits and they instruct him to offer a ...more
Skylar Burris
My daughter asked me for "a book about Indians" when we were at the library, and so I picked up this Native American legend of the origin of bluebonnets, a legend about the temptation to cling to material things. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by the formal, rhymed, metrical telling of the story and by its positive spiritual message, which I admittedly had to somewhat re-explain to my daughter in terms of our own Christian tradition: "where your treasure is, there will your heart be al ...more
This is the native American origin story of the famous Texas bluebonnets.

Being as its bluebonnet season right now here in south Texas, I thought this would be a fun read for my son. Unfortunately, it was a little over his head. This was the first he was hearing of native culture and he didn't understand the notions of famine or sacrifice. I don't think there's anything wrong with the story, though, and this served as a good introduction for those topics.
Aug 21, 2007 Efrat rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
There was a time when I had an intense interest in all things Native American and, in response, I think my parents bought this book for me. To date, I've probably read it about 100 times. The writing is simple bordering austere yet ultimately uplifting. The illustrations are lovely to look at and a true representation of De Paola's illustration style. She-Who-Is-Alone is one of my favorite literary heroines of all time. Her selflessness always makes me cry, which can be problematic when reading ...more
Yanilsa Griffin
Great for lesson on myth and cultural phenomenon. TEKS 5.3
Lorena Magallanes
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Melissa Holt
I absolutely love this author and his stories! His illustrations are amazing and his stories are always amazing too! I really enjoyed reading this book and think this book is a great book to read to children about the Native American people. If there is every a culture portion written into my lesson plans I would read this book due to the cultural aspects of it. This book is a great lesson to teach children about how you have to make sacrifices for the people you love and also teach children abo ...more
Alexandra Escamilla
The Comanche tribe is threated by disease and famine. In order to save their people, the people must give a burnt offering of their most valuable possession. The Comanche people begin giving their offerings. A young girl, She-Who-Is-Alone, decided to give her most prized possession and only thing left from her family, a warrior doll. She went up on the hill and gave her doll to the Great Spirits. When she awoke, the land was covered with beautiful bluebonnets. The people sang and gave thanks to ...more
Victoria Leininger-halpern
This book is focused on the legend of a flower called the Bluebonnet, and how it came to grow in Texas, and how a little girl known as She-Who-Is-Alone helped her tribe have these beautiful flowers through her selfless sacrifice.

As far as stories go, this book has a strong plot about sacrificing for the greater good and helping others, which is an important theme children should learn. Being selfless and doing things for others, without having personal gain, should be taught to children to ensu
Rosa Cline
This is a wonderfully written 'tale' from the Comanche People. The land was dry and people were dying. When the medicine man went and prayed he came back to tell the tribe they must give up something very important and special and it would then rain. A little girl that only had a doll left from her family, everyone else had died. She loved her doll because it reminded her of her parents and grandparents but she knew she MUST sacrifice and burn her beloved doll. And by doing that she saved her pe ...more
Genre: Traditional Literature
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Grade level: K-2
I would use this book in my classroom while learning about flowers or about the Native American culture. After reading the book to my class I would have them cut out bluebonnet flowers and have them write their most prized possession on the flower. Then hang them up around the classroom. This book is important because it teaches students about sacrifice and the Native American culture.
The Legend of the Bluebonnet written by Tomie dePaola is a great story of sacrifice. The story depicts the importance of family and community. She tale describes how a young Native American girl has been orphaned due to a terrible drought. The chief describes that each member of the tribe must sacrifice their most loved possession in order for there to be rain. The young girl is willing to give up the only thing that connected her to her past and her relationship with her mother. She sacrifices ...more
Franklyn Kornn
The author retells the legend of how the bluebonnet came to be the state flower of Texas. There was a terrible drought and a lot of people suffered. A young girl named She-Who-Is-Alone sacrifices her most prized possession, a doll, to the Great Spirits. This doll is her only connection to the family she has lost. The Great Spirits accept her gift, end the drought, and as a sign of forgiveness, they cover the ground every spring with beautiful blue bonnets. I really liked this book because I did ...more
Ashley Snarr
I fell in love with this book as soon as I read the first page. I come from Native American ancestors, so anything deals with the culture or traditions of Native Americans fascinates me. The pictures for this book are illustrated beautifully. What I really enjoyed though was the end of the story. This girl has lost everything and she gives up the one thing that means everything to her. The author then illustrates true native american culture when the village renames her. It is important to have ...more
A little girl gives up her most precious possession to help end her tribe's suffering.She is rewarded with blue flowers growing all around her.
Cassandra Neal
This book is the story of a little girl named She-Who-Is-Alone who sacrificed her most prized procession, her warrior doll whose eyes, nose and mouth were painted on buckskin with the juice of berries, in order to end a drought and famine in order to save her people, The Comanche tribe. Her selfless act of burning her doll, prompted the Great Spirits to bless the land with a warm rain and where the ashes of her precious doll fell, each spring bluebonnets appear. The selfless act of She-Who-Is-Al ...more
Melissa Smith
This book is written when the Commanche people are suffering from a severe drought. The leader goes to the hill to pray and comes back saying God is angry at them for their selfishness. The only way for it to end is for everyone to sacrifice something. One of the little girl’s family is all gone and all she has left is a doll. She doesn’t want to give it up but she finally decides to burn it. This could be used for a Native American lesson plan that you would study in third or fourth grade. Can ...more
The Legend of the Bluebonnet tells the story of an old Native American legend about a young girl who is willing to give up her most cherished possession to save her people from the drought that threatens to destroy the tribe. Because of the drought, the Shaman asks the Great Spirits for rain. The Great Spirits message to the tribe is that the Comanche people must sacrifice their most important possession or the dry season will continue. The only willing member to make the needed sacrifice is a y ...more
The Legend of the Bluebonnet written and illustrated by Tomie DePaola
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons
Legend: Picture Book
Ages 6 to 10

This picture book retells the legend of how bluebonnet flowers came to Texas. The story centers around She-Who-Is-Alone, her Comanche tribe and their Shaman. It is set in a time before settlers came to Native American land in Texas. There has been a great drought and the tribe is asking the Great Spirits for rain. When the Shaman returns from the top of the hill
The Legend of the Bluebonnet is a stirring, uniquely powerful look at an old Native American legend about a young girl who is willing to give up her most cherished possession to save her people from the drought and famine that threaten to wipe them entirely off the map.

The Comanche tribe's shaman returns from a consultation with the Great Spirits to convey an urgent message to all members of the tribe: The land's lack of productivity is a direct result of the people's continually growing self
Jill Wolosonovich
A. The Legend of the Bluebonnet
• The overriding theme is the value of self-sacrifice for the greater good of the whole.
• The theme evolves naturally from the plot— the tribe is experiencing starvation due to a drought -- the shaman shares the solution to their problem – She-Who-Is-Alone realizes her sacrifice would be the greatest and mean the most – the theme builds to a crescendo when she throws her warrior doll, most valued possession, into the fire – in the morning the Great Spirits have sh
Michelle Cepeda
This is an excellent book to read to young children - as well as for young children to read themselves. It teaches children to think about others before themselves. It also teaches about the culture of the Comanche. I enjoyed reading this book, and I'm sure children would love it too. In my personal opinion, if more people were like the young girl from the story, this world would be a much better place. I definitely recommend this book to anyone, both children and adults!

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Brittney Griffith
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This book is an excellent display of good character. It shows children that no matter how small they are, their sacrifice matters as in the story where the little girl sacrifices the only possession she owned so there will be rain and people can be saved from famine.
Tomie de Paola discusses important issues such as family, community and nature. All children can surely enjoy this, but I would recommend this book at the Kindergarten level due to His usage of extraordinary vocabulary such as, drou
The Legend of the Bluebonnet is a touching story of love and sacrifice. The illustrations are colorful and active. This book would definitely be more geared towards a slightly older audience due to the more complex story line and small print of the words. This would be a great book to introduce a history or culture lesson. Also, it would be great to transition into a social-emotional theme or activity. This book is a re-telling of a folk tale, so it would be a great way to start talking about wh ...more
Emily Peer
I think this book was really well done. Its a pourquoi tale from Texas explaining where the blue bonnets came from. I think this book would be great for a read aloud in a second or third grade classroom. One could use this book when talking about specific states and special facts about the states for example, the states flowers. There are some challenging words in the book and it has some complex sentences.
An unseasonably long drought orphans a Native American girl, leaving her with only memories and a warrior doll. When she sacrifices her beloved possession with the hope of ending the famine, she awakens the next morning to find a reward of her selflessness – a thick clusters of vivid blue flowers spread all over the Texas hills. A beautifully illustrated, accurate depiction of Comache cultural dress, lifestyle, songs, dances, and prayers.
Dustin Roberts
When a drought and famine strike a Comanche community, a lot of the elderly and young die. But a young girl named SHE-WHO-IS-ALONE is spared. Without any family left, the most precious thing in her life is a doll made by her mother and father. Little does the community know, this doll is the greatest blessing they could ever hope for.

A very uplifting traditional Native American tale centered on compassion and selflessness on the part of a young girl. Young children will greatly benefit from it
Rachel Jolley
I really loved this book.

It is a great example on how we should help others. It even teaches us that we should put ourselves out there and be the help first hand.

With our students we can express how it is important to love one another and help others when they are in need. We can let them write a story and illustrate a picture of who means the most to them and why they love that person(s).
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Tomie dePaola (pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) is best known for his books for children.
He's been published for 40 years and has written and/or illustrated over 200 books, including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers.
Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award and the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure.
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