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The Hunter by Mary Casanova
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Oct 24, 10

bookshelves: traditional-literature

Casanova, Mary. The Hunter Atheneum Books, 2000
This touching folktale will have students discussing the ramifications of Hai Li Bu’s decision to sacrifice himself to save his people. It is a lyrical tale told very movingly and children will be thoughtful at the end as they think about the special gift that Hai Li Bu received in order to help his people but his ultimate gift to them was his life. Hai Li Bu is a good hunter but not even he can find enough food for his village. While out hunting one day, he rescues the daughter of the Dragon King of the Sea who bestows upon him the gift of being able to understand the animals. He learns from the animals that a flood is coming that will destroy everything in the village. He tries to tell the people but they do not trust that he knows what he is saying. Now Hai Li Bu is faced with a terrible decision. Should he let the village people die in the flood or tell them the secret of the gift he received from the Dragon King knowing that it will turn him to stone? What a great title to have a discussion about an individual’s character and what makes a person act the way they do in a situation.
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