Many Hands: A Penobscot Indian Story

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Why does everyone keep telling Lily that many hands make the basket? Didn't she make the basket with her very own hands? It is the most beautiful basket of her 10-year-old life and no one will give her the credit she deserves. In the end, she learns a valuable lesson about pride and the spirit of community. Into the story is woven the process of basket making and a Wabanaki animal legend, as well as some words of the Penobscot language.

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An elementary school teacher, ANGELI PERROW has also worked as a reporter, photographer, and assistant editor of The Katahdin Times newspaper. She has published three children's books and lives with her family in Hampden, Maine.

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Inspired by a dream featuring her grandmother, Lily weaves a traditional Penobscot basket and proudly shows it to various family members. Each of them repeats her grandmother’s words, “many hands make the basket.” Stung at first, Lily finally understands that while she made the basket, others played a part in creating it. This personal awakening and most of the contemporary story occur internally, so illustrations focus on Lily and her beautiful basket. An appended note briefly describes the Maine setting and defines a few Penobscot words introduced in the story. A worthy title for Native American studies, especially in New England classrooms. Grades K-3. --Linda Perkins

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