Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Book Review: Boat Ride With Lillian Two Blossom

During our story time visits with the children at the Neenk Chungra Head Start program located within the Ho-Chunk Nation we have striven to include more Native American stories. On a recent outreach trip, we were able to share Patricia Polacco's wonderful  Boat Ride with Lillian Two Blossom

The story begins as a young boy named Will tries has hand at fishing and his sister Mabel begins asking him where the sun, wind, and rain all come from. Suddenly an elderly woman appears an promises to answer the girl's questions if she can be taken out on their boat for a ride.  What follows is a fantastical journey as they are swept up into the sky, and the woman, Lillian Two Blossom, keeps her promise and reveals the mythic sources of sun, wind, rain, and night.

The book is beautifully illustrated, full of vibrant colors, and was a real treat to share with the Neenk Chungra Head Start children.  Please consider checking it out and including it in your next story time!

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