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Pushing Up the Sky: Seven Native American Plays for Children

by Joseph Bruchac
Illustrated by Teresa Flavin

Published by Dial, 2000
94 pages
ISBN: 0-8037-2168-4

Age 9 and older

These dramatizations of seven traditional tales written by one of the respected storytellers and interpreters of American Indian lore contain a virtual "recipe" for anyone who wants to bring these tales to life on stage. The tales are "Gluskabe and Old Man Winter" (Abenaki), "Star Sisters" (Ojibway), "Possum's Tail" (Cherokee), "Wihio's Duck Dance" (Cheyenne), "Pushing up the Sky" (Snohomish), "The Cannibal Monster" (Tlingit), and "The Strongest One" (Zuni). At the beginning of each script, Bruchac lists the characters the play requires and details the necessary props. He makes practical suggestions for scenery and costumes. Stage directions are minimal. These are plays anyone can produce or adapt, whether they are young thespians, busy classroom teachers, or relatively inexperienced community group leaders. Notes at the end detail each story's origin. CCBC categories: Activities; New Editions of Old Favorites; The Arts; Folklore, Mythology, and Traditional Literature. 2000, Dial, 94 pages, $17.99. Ages 9 and older.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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