The Sleeping Lady by Ann DixonThe Sleeping Lady by Ann Dixon

The Sleeping Lady

Retold byAnn DixonIllustratorElizabeth Johns

Paperback | February 1, 2001

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To many people who gaze across Cook Inlet from Anchorage, Alaska, Mount Susitna looks like a slumbering woman. The Sleeping Lady is a modern-day folk legend that accounts for both Alaska's first snowfall and for the origin of this beautiful mountain. It is also a classic tale about a time of peace and the consequences of war.

Enchanting oil paintings by artist Elizabeth Johns capture the village life of the giant people, a prehistoric, peace-loving group and the drama that ensues when they must face a band of menacing warriors. The tale centers on the fate of the story’s two betrothed lovers, Nekatla and Susitna, whose encounters with war bring a lasting change to the land and their people.

Cloaked in snow in winter and wildflowers in summer, Mount Susitna embodies the hope for peace so relevant at any age. As much a mythical explanation for natural phenomena as it is a tale about a time when people lived in harmony with nature and each other.
Ann Dixon is the author of numerous books including Alone Across the Arctic, Big-Enough Anna, Blueberry  Shoe, and When Posey Peeked at Christmas. She is a librarian and lives in Homer, Alaska. Elizabeth Johns is a painter and has illustrated several books including The Sleeping Lady and Sunflower Sal. She is a former resident of th...
Title:The Sleeping LadyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 10.53 × 8.88 × 0.12 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Graphic Arts BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0882404954

ISBN - 13:9780882404950

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 6


From the Author

"The story of the mountain [Mount Susitna] of the Sleeping Lady has traveled by word of mouth throughout the region since at least the 1930s. The source of the original story is unknown.... According to scholar James Kari of the Alaska Native Language Center, Dena'ina Athabascan storytellers Shem Pete and Peter Kalifornsky did not consider the Sleeping Lady story to be part of the body of traditional Dena'ina language legends.  The story is told, however, in English among Athabascans in the Tyonek area today. One elder I spoke with remembers hearing it in 1936 in Kenai.... Whatever its origin, it is clear that oral versions of the Sleeping Lady story have circulated widely. The history of its telling illustrates the power of stories to reach across time and cultures, as well as the need for continuing efforts to document Alaskan tales."                                            ---From A Note to the Reader by Ann Dixon.

Editorial Reviews

“The text is reserved and compelling, and the paintings reinforce its tone and mood with earthy, folk-style images of the people and their land.”  ---The Horn Book