Moonstick: The Seasons of the Sioux

Paperback | February 15, 2000

byEve Bunting

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My father cuts
a moon-counting stick
that he keeps in our tipi.
At the rising of the first moon
he makes a notch in it.
"A new beginning
for the young buffalo,"
he says.
"And for us."

In this beautifully written story by acclaimed author Eve Bunting, a young boy comes of age under the thirteen moons of the Sioux year. With each notch in his father's moon-counting stick, the boy marvels at the world around him, observing the sometimes subtle, sometimes remarkable changes in the seasons and in his own tribe's way of living. With rich and carefully researched paintings by artist John Sandford, Moonstick: The Seasons of the Sioux is a glorious picture book about one boy's journey toward manhood.

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 A young boy joins his father in an ancient Sioux tradition: the cutting of a moonstick to track the months of the year. But as the father teaches his boy how to carve the stick, the child ends up learning more about the complex world around him. Eve Bunting's fabulous story and poetic language and John Sandford's carefully researched ...

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My father cuts a moon-counting stick that he keeps in our tipi. At the rising of the first moon he makes a notch in it. "A new beginning for the young buffalo," he says. "And for us." In this beautifully written story by acclaimed author Eve Bunting, a young boy comes of age under the thirteen moons of the Sioux year. With each notch ...

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The thirteen moons of the Sioux yearWhen the snows of winter disappear, a young boy helps his father cut a moon-counting stick, which they keep inside their tipi. With the rising of each new moon, a notch is made in the stick, and the boy watches the changing seasons. He sees his father dancing the Sun Dance during the Cherry-Ripening ...

Eve Bunting was born in Ireland and came to California with her husband and three children. She is one of the most acclaimed and versatile children's book authors, with more than two hundred novels and picture books to her credit. Among her honors are many state awards, the Kerlan Award, the Golden Kite Award, the Regina Medal, the Mys...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 10 × 8.75 × 0.08 inPublished:February 15, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064436195

ISBN - 13:9780064436199

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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 A young boy joins his father in an ancient Sioux tradition: the cutting of a moonstick to track the months of the year. But as the father teaches his boy how to carve the stick, the child ends up learning more about the complex world around him. Eve Bunting's fabulous story and poetic language and John Sandford's carefully researched paintings makes Moonstick: The Seasons of the Sioux a unique book that takes the reader on a journey of a Native American boy's quest towards adulthood.

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"A lovely, elegiac book, a romantic paean to a vanished existence". -- School Library Journal