Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back

Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back

How do we connect our  children to the natural world around us?  One way is to turn to the Native American culture that has revered the natural world and revered their place within it for generations.  Joseph Bruchac, master storyteller, give us the voice of an Abenaki storyteller to share the Native American legend that celebrates the moon and invites our children to learn to look up and see that moon and understand how it is intertwined with our world even as it changes.

Each moon in Native American tradition has a name so as the months go by the moon's identity is described in new words and with a new appreciation.

Poetry and the natural world offer a sense of heritage, a sense of deeper belonging and an invitation to see the wonder all around us. Mother Nature and her moon shine brightly.

32 pages   978-0698115842   Ages 5-9

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,


"Unusual and intelligent...An exemplary introduction to Native American culture with its emphasis on the importance of nature." —Publishers Weekly

In Native American legend, the thirteen scales on Old Turtle's back hold the key to the thirteen cycles of the moon and the changing seasons. These lyrical poems and striking paintings celebrate the wonder of the seasons, from the Northern Cheyenne's Moon of the Popping Trees to the Big Moon of the Abenaki.--from the publisher

"This book instills a spiritual respect for our land and an appreciation for the people who were its first caring guardians." —American Bookseller


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