How the Stars Fell into the Sky by Jerrie Oughton
A Navajo Legend

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This retelling of a Navajo folktale explains how First Woman tried to write the laws of the land using stars in the sky, only to be thwarted by the trickster Coyote.
 

About Jerrie Oughton

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Jerrie Oughton has written several novels for young adults. Her first, Music From a Place Called Half Moon. was awarded the Bank Street College Children's Book Award. She lives with her husband in Lexington, Kentucky.
 
Published March 3, 1996 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Oughton's first book for children is a lyrical retelling of a potent myth: It is First Woman's idea that ``the laws'' should be written for all to see.

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Desimini's somber yet luminous art evokes nature's solemn beauty as it captures the silent mystery of the ``rim of night.'' Her solid, slightly static figures firmly place this fantasy-like world of the desert in reality.

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