The Cherry Tree
by Daisaku Ikeda
Can there be hope after the destruction of war? The two Japanese
children find new faith by taking care of a cherry tree through
the winter and watching it bloom in the spring.
Papagayo: the Mischief Maker
Written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott
San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992
In this story, Papagayo, the noisy parrot, helps the night animals
of the Amazon rain forest save the moon from being eaten up by
the ferocious moon-dog!
How Raven Brought Light to People
Retold by Ann Dixon
What would happen if a Great Chief of all the universe kept the
Sun, the Moon and the Stars in three boxes, away from all the
people? The marvelous trickster bird Raven finds a way to make
the precious sky bright again, in this adaption of a legend told
by the Tlingit Indians of Southeastern Alaska.
How the Stars Fell into the Sky
A Navajo Legend by Jerrie Oughton
Houghton Mifflin, 1992
First Woman filled the night sky with stars in which she wrote
all the laws of the land, to help the people live peacefully.
But the silly trickster Coyote comes along and scrambles up the
Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale
About How Fire Came to the People
retold by Jonathan London, Illustrated by Sylvia Long
Chronicle Books, 1993
A lesson in courage and cooperation, this is the tale of how
Coyote--with the help of Eagle, Cougar, Fox, Bear, Measuring
Worm, Turtle, and Frog--captures fire.
The Golden Deer
retold by Margaret Hodges
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1992
Buddha comes to the city of Benares, in the form of a beautiful
golden deer, and persuades the king to stop killing all the deer
in the area, teaching that all life is sacred. A re-telling of
the centuries-old Indian classic "The Jataka."
The White Deer and Other Stories
Told by the Lenape Peoples
Edited by John Bierhorst
A collection of twenty-five stories about the world around us
from the Lenape, or Delaware, tribe of the United States.
The Desert Is My Mother/El Desierto Es Mi Madre
by Pat Mora, Illustrated by Daniel Lechon
Pinata Books, 1995
Noted Chicana poet Pat Mora here brings forth her own vision
of the magnificent beauty of deserts that is home to many Mexicano
and indigenous peoples of the United States.
One White Sail: A Caribbean Counting Book
by S.T. Garne
Green Tiger Press, 1992
The stunning beauty of the Caribbean island beaches are presented
in a delightful rythmic verse, in this book for early readers.
The Nez Perce: A First Americans Book
by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, Illustrated by Ronald Himler
Holiday House, 1994
Here is a book to help treasure always the creation legends of
the Nez Perce, one of the tribes of First Peoples of North America,
who lived in what are now the states of Idaho, Washington, Oregon,
Peboan and Seegwun
Retold and Illustrated by Charles Larry
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1993
The transition from winter to spring among the Ojibwa people
and lands are magnificently illustrated in this book about the
changing earth and sky around us.