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Legends of landforms : Native American lore and the geology of the land
Vogel, Carole Garbuny.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
96 pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
Presents the stories created by various native peoples to explain such natural wonders as the Hot Springs of Arkansas, the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls, Crater Lake, and the Hawaiian Islands.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.3 3.0 35944.
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E98.F6 V64 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E98.F6 V64 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Awesome geological forces that are still in effect today shaped the North American landscape. The Native American legends that explain how landforms such as the Grand Canyon and Nantucket Island came to be contain extremely vivid imagery. Vogel juxtaposes the legendary and the scientific to create this beautiful and thought-provoking book.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. Vogel brings together the legend and the science of 14 remarkable geological formations in the U.S. Inspired by a view of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, she told her children the story of Pele, the Hawaiian fire goddess, after which her husband gave the scientific explanation for volcanic activity. Believing the two accounts contributed to her children's appreciation of the volcano, Vogel identified other spectacular landforms--among them, the Grand Canyon, the Badlands, and Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Island--researching both the folklore and the scientific principles associated with them. Unfortunately, the poor-quality photographs don't do justice to the spectacular geology, but this is still a fascinating look at unique landforms across North America and an interesting model for teachers to use in integrated studies. Source notes for the legends are appended. --Karen Hutt

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-This unusual book combines brief scientific discussions of the geology of 14 landforms with adaptations of Native American legends that explain them. The stories are retold in expressive but simple vocabulary, although perhaps not in language that Native tellers might choose. The factual sections offer descriptions of sites such as Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, Mount St. Helens, and the Hawaiian Islands utilizing a basic vocabulary with clear explanations of more difficult concepts. Histories of the forms are discussed in a lively, conversational manner along with current conditions. While each section includes a computer-scanned photograph, these pictures detract from the book's appeal as the pale colors make the locations appear unattractive and flat. On the map opposite the table of contents, the locations are not always identified consistently, e.g., it highlights "Yosemite," whereas the contents refer to it as "Half Dome and North Dome." An excellent list of source notes and a detailed index to the stories and information are appended. Pair this with Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac's Keepers of the Earth (Fulcrum, 1997).-Cris Riedel, Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School, Dansville, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.