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Title:
The boy who made dragonfly : a Zuni myth
Author:
Hillerman, Tony.
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Publication Information:
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 1986.

1986, ©1972
Physical Description:
81 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Summary:
Retells a Zuñi myth in which a young boy and his sister gain the wisdom that makes them leaders of their people through the intercession of a dragonfly.
General Note:
Reprint. Originally published: New York : Harper & Row, 1972.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1090 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 6.0 3.0 121087.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.1 5 Quiz: 01510 Guided reading level: NR.
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ISBN:
9780826309105
Format :
Book

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Newstead Library E99.Z9 H55 1986 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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Summary

As readers of Tony Hillerman's detective novels know, he is a skilled interpreter of southwestern Indian cultures. In this book, first published in 1972, he recounts a Zuni myth first recorded a century ago by the anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing. Hillerman's version of the story, written to be read by children ten years old and up, will have equal appeal for adults with an interest in Native American culture.

.In our society,. Hillerman explains, .this would be called a 'Bible story.' Like stories based on the Old Testament, this narrative is intended to teach both the history and morality of a people.. It tells the consequences of a drought in which Zuni crops were ruined and the tribe was forced to accept charity from neighboring Hopis.


Author Notes

Tony Hillerman was born in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma on May 27, 1925. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army and was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart after being severely injured during a raid behind German lines. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1948.

From 1948 to 1962, he covered crime and politics for newspapers in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, eventually working his way up to the position of editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican. He taught at the University of Mexico and went on to chair the journalism department for more than 20 years. He retired in 1985.

His first novel, The Blessing Way, was published in 1971. During his lifetime, he wrote 29 books, including the popular 18-book mystery series featuring Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, two non-series novels, two children's books, and nonfiction works. He received numerous awards during his lifetime including the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Mystery Novel for Dance Hall of the Dead in 1974, the Western Writers of America's Golden Spur Award for Skinwalkers in 1987, the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award in 1991, the Navajo tribe's Special Friend Award, France 's Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere, the 2002 Malice Domestic Lifetime Achievement Award, the Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction Book for Seldom Disappointed, and the Wister Award for Lifetime achievement in 2008. He died from pulmonary failure on October 26, 2008 at the age of 83.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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