Spider is afraid to get up on stage in front of everybody for the school spelling bee, but after listening to his father's advice, he decides that he too will try to be as brave as his Shoshone ancestors.
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Ann Herbert Scott describes herself as "a transplanted Easterner who has come to love the wide skies and far mountain ranges of the West." She is the author of SAM, ON MOTHER'S LAP, and several other picture books. She lives Benicia, California.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-4?A story set in the Shoshone country of northeastern Nevada. Spider is afraid to stand in front of his whole community and participate in the school spelling bee. Members of his family suggest ways he might fight his fear, but it is a small spider dropping down into empty space as she weaves her web that inspires the boy to "listen to his spirit." When he takes second place in the contest, his relief at being done with the ordeal is tempered with his discovery of his own bravery. This story is well shaped and rhythmically told. Coalson's subdued watercolor and pastel illustrations depict the wintry landscapes and interiors with sensitivity and detail. They are offset by the child's brooding eyes and worried face glowing with intensity. Contemporary Owyhee Shoshone people and the daily life of one family are honestly represented, making this title a boon to teachers looking for authentic, up-to-date portraits of these Native American people. A book of quiet beauty and strength.?Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA
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Book Description HOUGHTON MIFFLIN, 1900. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110395781000