Dragonfly's Tale by Kristina Rodanas

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After a poor harvest, two children regain the Corn Maidens' blessings for their people with the aid of a cornstalk toy, the dragonfly.
 

About Kristina Rodanas

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Kristina Rodanas has illustrated several picture books, including The Story of Blue Elk by Gerald Hausman and her own retelling of The Dragonfly's Tale, both for Clarion. She lives in Orleans, Massachusetts.
 
Published January 1, 1992 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rodanas (The Story of Wali Dad, 1988) retells an ancient Zuni tale, scrupulously noting her source as an 1884 transcription that she has ``simplified...[adding] some details of my own [in] the way of storytellers.'' The result is a blend of cautionary tale and why story: Celebrating an abundant h...

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Based on Zuni tribal lore, this picture book blends creation myth with a timeless (and timely) message about conservation. The village of Hawikuh has been blessed by the Corn Maiden spirits and enjoys

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The boy fashions a butterfly-like creature out of a corn husk, and the magical insect comes to life to win the Corn Maidens' favor and return good fortune to the village.

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