In this colorful retelling by author Kristina Rodanas, a poor harvest prompts two children to regain the Corn Maidens' blessings for their people with the aid of a cornstalk toy, the dragonfly. The story is based on Zuni tribal lore and emphasizes the importance of respecting nature.
- Author: Kristina Rodanas
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (1992)
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.2 x 11 inches
Kristina Rodanas was born in New England in 1952. She harnessed her natural artistic gifts at Boston University and in 1974 began a career as a primary-school art teacher. Working with children reminded her of the stories and images that had captured her imagination as a child, and she also began to learn what sort of pictures and phrases children enjoy. In 1988 she wrote and illustrated her first book, The Story of Wali Dâd. In more recent years Rodanas has continued to write and illustrate stories; she has also drawn critical praise for the artwork she contributes to works by other writers. Her 1992 book The Dragonfly’s Tale is based on the 1884 transcription of an ancient Zuni legend about a lone boy and girl renewing their village's relationship with the Corn Maidens and thus honoring nature.
Dragonfly’s tale is based on an ancient Zuni Pueblo story kept alive for centuries by tribal storytellers. It was first translated by anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing and published in The Millstone (volume 9.1884).
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