The Legend of the Bluebonnet

 
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G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers 1983
Curriculum
  • Character-Building Curriculum
  • Social Studies Curriculum

The legend of the bluebonnet  is a Native American legend about a time when the Comanche people were experiencing a terrible drought.  Starvation is setting in so the Shaman goes to the mountains to contact the Great Spirit to learn what they can do to save their tribe.

When he returns, he announces to the village that the Great Spirit sent word that they need to make a burnt offering sacrifice of  their greatest possession.  According to the Shaman the tribe is being punished by the Great Spirit for taking so much from the land and giving nothing back in return.

Many in the tribe hesitate to make such a sacrifice, but one young girl, She-Who-Is-Alone, knows that her warrior doll is just that kind of sacrifice.  The warrior doll is the only thing she has left from her mother who died from the famine.

She-Who-Is-Alone makes her sacrifice and every year the Great Spirit covers the hills of Texas with the glorious colors of the bluebonnets to honor her great heart and great generosity.

Seems material things aren't always the most important things in our lives after all.

978-0399209376     Ages 4-7       32 pages

Keyword:  sacrifice

Companion book:  Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

*******

"Thick clusters of vivid blue flowers, which resemble old-fashioned sunbonnets, cover the Texas hills in the springtime every year. These lovely wild flowers, known by the name of bluebonnet, are the state flower of Texas.

This favorite legend based on Comanche Indian lore, tells the story of how the bluebonnet came to be. Tomie dePaola's powerful retelling and his magnificent full-color paintings perfectly capture the Comanche People, the Texas hills, and the spirit of She-Who-Is-Alone, a little girl who made a sacrifice to save her tribe."--from the publisher

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