How the Stars Fell Into the Sky

How the Stars Fell Into the Sky

A Navajo Legend

Book - 1992
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A retelling of the Navaho legend that explains the patterns of the stars in the sky
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1992
ISBN: 9780395587980
0395587980
Branch Call Number: J 398.2 Ough
Characteristics: unp., col. ill
Additional Contributors: Desimini, Lisa - Illustrator

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Nancy J Mata
Apr 22, 2013

This is a lovely, imaginative book telling of a beautiful and mystical legend. A retelling of the Navaho legend explains the patterns of the stars in the sky. The illustrations in the book are bold and vivid. Each image underscores the emotions and actions of this story of First Woman who wants to communicate laws to her people present and future in such away as the laws would always be accessible and always be remembered. She carefully places stars in certain patterns until the impatient, meddling Coyote offers to help which eventually brings the woman grief and human beings confusion. I really enjoyed this story. This is an excellent way to introduce a child to the Native American culture.

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asrushing2014
Apr 16, 2013

This is a good read when introducing Tall-Tales and Native Americans traditions. The pictures are really well illustrated which will allow readers to be more engaged while reading.

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jazmjoh
Apr 13, 2013

This is a great book to introduce Native Americans traditions and myths. The pictures are very elaborate and coincide with the text very well. The pondering thought that children have about how things came about is addressed in this book. This book helps the reader to formulate their own idea of how things were created in the beginning. Readers may start reading the story with one perception on how the stars and universe was created then leave possiblity. This book can make the reader question their fate or religion. I recommend this book for reading because it helps learn about myths that are being passed down and compare what they thought they knew about the way things are formed.

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CourtneyHendon
Apr 12, 2013

This is a great book that has a mystery and magical factor that can captivate any child, at any age. This is a great book about Native American legends of storytelling and how some people think things come about. I liked this book because it kept me on the edge of my seat, and as soon as I thought I knew what was going to happen, the book went in the opposite direction. This story has great illustrations and unique language. I recommend this book to all children 5 years and up, and encourage parents to read this to them as well.

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BradyRhys
Feb 18, 2013

This is a beautifully illustrated folk tale that will capture any young readers attention. The size,shape, and the colors used to express the blue night sky bring this book together nicely from start to finish. The story is great and a bit informative allowing students to think about how the stars really did fall into the sky.

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JMNunez
Jan 13, 2013

This book is appropriate for younger children between 5 and 8 years of age. At this stage of life, they are curious of the world around them. "How the Stars Fell into the Sky" introduces children to the Navajo culture through storytelling. This book may introduce new vocabulary to children in this age group such as "tacking", "hogans", and/or "haste", but it is by no means overwhelming. Desimini's illustrations in the book is captivating for an audience of any age group. This folk tale is engaging and keeps you wondering what is going to happen next after every page. It is a great read!

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Nancy J Mata
Apr 22, 2013

Nancy J Mata thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over

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asrushing2014
Apr 16, 2013

asrushing2014 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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jazmjoh
Apr 13, 2013

jazmjoh thinks this title is suitable for 6 years and over

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CourtneyHendon
Apr 11, 2013

CourtneyHendon thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 8

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BradyRhys
Feb 18, 2013

BradyRhys thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 9

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JMNunez
Jan 12, 2013

JMNunez thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 8

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Nancy J Mata
Apr 22, 2013

“The people will see these laws before they enter their hogans at night.”

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asrushing2014
Apr 16, 2013

"May I help you" asked Coyote.

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jazmjoh
Apr 13, 2013

“Write them in the water then, he said and turned to go, having more important matters on his mind”. “But they will disappear the moment I write them on the water,” First Woman called out.

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CourtneyHendon
Apr 11, 2013

"Why don't you write them in the sky? he said. Take your jewels there and write them in the sky".

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BradyRhys
Feb 18, 2013

"The people need to know the laws. To help them we must write the laws for all to see."

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JMNunez
Jan 13, 2013

"writing the laws could take many moons"
"Writing the laws may be what I do each night for the rest of my life"
"What is there to do next that is half so important as writing the laws?

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asrushing2014
Apr 16, 2013

"How the Stars Fell Into the Sky: A Navajo Legend" is about how the stars became in the sky. It also tells that the stars were placed in the sky in order to led ancestors, however, the coyote manages to place the "jewels" in the sky in the wrong order according to the woman. Thus the legend of how the "jewels" became in the sky remains unsolved.

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jazmjoh
Apr 13, 2013

This book is based around a Navajo Legend. It explains how the stars came about being in the sky. The First Woman wanted to create laws for the descendants to follow but Coyote ruined her process so the myth still remains a mystery on how the stars were put in the sky.

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CourtneyHendon
Apr 12, 2013

This picture book is about the first man and woman who think that they need to write the laws down for every other man and woman after them. She begins to write the laws in the sky with her jewels or stars. Soon her laws are the stars that begin to appear in the sky.

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BradyRhys
Feb 18, 2013

This magical folktale tells the story about a man and a woman who decide to write "the laws" for their people. The woman in the book begins to patiently write the laws in the sky with her jewels(stars). This is when she starts to put the stars in the sky. An impatient coyote arrives to help but in the end ruins the woman's plans because of his impatience. This ruins her plan and leaves the mystery of how the stars fell into the sky.

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JMNunez
Jan 12, 2013

This book is about a woman who is taking her time to place the laws of the land in the sky, she agrees to have an anxious coyote help her and he ruins her work.

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