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November 2013 Children's Story Time

Legends from the Americas

Reading new books and old favorites on November 3 and 17

Looking for a fun, free and easy-to-coordinate activity? Join us in our cozy children's book nook with comfy kid-sized cushions, a bevy of stuffed animals and lively readers. Afterward, families can enjoy a special docent-led children's tour of the Garden. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. This event is suitable for children aged 4-8. Held on the first and third Sunday of every month at 10:30am, Storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes. The tour leaves the Library at 11am. The Library also has an excellent collection of books for children on plants, natural history, general science and nature-related myths and stories.

How Medicine Came to the People: A Tale of the Ancient Cherokees. Duvall, Deborah L Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c2003.
A Cherokee tale of plants coming to the aid of humans. Includes a glossary with pictures of plants used in herbal medicine. (Early readers)
(j) SB108.4.Na6ne D956 2003

The Invisible Hunters: A Legend from the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua = Los Cazadores Invisibles: Una Leyenda de los Indios Miskitos de Nicaragua. Rohmer, Harriet. San Francisco : Children's Book Press, c1987.
This Miskito Indian legend set in seventeenth-century Nicaragua illustrates the impact of the first European traders on traditional life. (Pre-readers)
(j) SB108.4.C36n R636 1987

The Legend of Food Mountain = La Montaña del Alimento. Rohmer, Harriet. San Francisco : Children's Book Press/Imprenta de Libros Infantiles, 1988, c1982.
This legend of ancient Mexico tells how the Gods and Goddesses discovered that corn could feed people. It also reminds us that food must be respected as a part of life. (Pre-readers)
(j) SB108.4.Me8 R636 1982

Legend of the Indian Paintbrush. De Paola, Tomie. New York : Putnam, 1993, c1988.
Little Gopher follows his destiny, as revealed in a Dream-Vision, of becoming an artist for his people and eventually is able to bring the colors of the sunset to the earth. (Early readers)
(j) QK495.S43 C17 D44 1988
(j) QK495.S43 C17 D44 1993s (Spanish version)

The Magic Bean Tree: A Legend from Argentina. Van Laan, Nancy. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
A young Quechuan boy sets out on his own to bring the rains back to his parched homeland and is rewarded by a gift of carob beans that come to be prized across Argentina. (Advanced readers)
(j) SB379.C3 V322 1998

The Magic Hummingbird: A Hopi Folktale. Malotki, Ekkehart. Santa Fe, N. M. : Kiva Pub., c1996.
A sunflower stalk turns into a hummingbird which brings corn and rainfall back to the land. (Advanced readers)
(j) QL696.A558 M298 1996

Maya's Children: The Story of La Llorona. Anaya, Rudolfo A. New York : Hyperion Books for Children, c1997.
Senor Tiempo tricks the Sun God's daughter and makes her destroy her children, who are born from fruit and vegetable seeds planted in clay bowls. (Advanced readers)
(j) SB108.4.Me8 An18 1997

Once When the World was Green. Wahl, Jan. Berkeley, Calif. : Tricycle Press, c1996.
When his vanity and greed cause him to needlessly kill animals, Corn Grower almost loses his precious life with his wife, Moon-Sun, and their son, Small Ears. (Early readers)
(j) QH75 .W125 1996

People of Corn: A Mayan Story. Gerson, Mary-Joan. Boston : Little, Brown, c1995.
After several unsuccessful attempts to create grateful creatures, the Mayan gods use sacred corn to fashion a people who will thank and praise their creators. (Advanced readers)
(j) SB191.M2 G324 1995

Song of the Seven Herbs. Walking Night Bear. Nevada City, Calif. : Gold Circle Productions, c1983.
Seven tales based on North American Indian lore relate how the Creator gave us herbs and why we are to be thankful for them. (Early readers)
(j) SB108.4 Na6 W154 1983

The Tree that Rains: The Flood Myth of the Huichol Indians of Mexico. Bernhard, Emery. New York : Holiday House, c1994.
In this harvest myth from the Huichol Indians of western Mexico's Sierra Madre, a farmer's prayers for an end to drought are answered when a large fig tree showers his fields with rain. (Early readers)
(j) SB365 .B457 1994

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