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Big Turtle by David McLimans
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Oct 04, 11

bookshelves: folk-tales, ncbla, picture-book
Read in October, 2011

In this Native American version of how the world as we know it began, David McLimans uses a story passed down orally and pencil, pen, tracing paper, and computer illustrations with vivid greens, blues, and blacks to explain how Sky Girl found a home. Having fallen asleep in her Sky World, Sky Girl fell through a hole into the Water World. Unable to return to her sky home or to live in the watery lands she had plummeted into, Sky Girl needs a place to live. Big Turtle calls all the animals together to obtain soil that lay beneath the waters that could be used to create an island. One by one, Muskrat, Beaver, and Otter dive without success. Then, the lowly Toad dives and returns with soil inside her mouth. The story is simply but engagingly told. An Author's Note and list of sources provide additional resources.
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