The Legend Of Katama: The Creation Story Of Dolphins, A Wampanoag Legend Of Martha's Vineyard

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The Legend of Katama, The Creation Story of Dolphins, A Wampanoag Legend of Martha s Vineyard, is the beautiful presentation of a Native American creation story. Vibrantly illustrated by a promising, young Wampanoag artist, it is the story of young woman, who through following her heart and listening to her dreams, makes difficult and courageous decisions which bring peace to the Wampanoag Nation. The book includes a fascinating forward by a Wampanoag tribal storyteller. Suitable for readers in fourth grade and up, it is truly a tale for all ages. The colorful illustrations, which beautifully depict Martha's Vineyard Island, make the book an excellent read-aloud for younger children as well. Perfect for use in the classroom, or as a bedtime story, the Legend of Katama makes the perfect gift to any treasured child!

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Stacy Elizabeth Hall, M.Ed, the daughter of a Martha's Vineyard native, grew up hearing the stories of the Island and remains fascinated by its wealth of legends and folklore. Now a teacher, Stacy lives with daughter Katama, son Zak, husband Steve, and a lab named Cala in Mont Clare, Pennsylvania, where she has recently started her own publishing company, Island Moon Press. Stacy loves being in the classroom and is available for school and library presentations through her website www.IslandMoonPress.com.

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Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford, The Big Red Dog, back book cover, June 2003 "A lovely book, with very impressive writing and illustrations, appealing to all ages. The perfect addition to any NativeAmerican library." --Norman Bridwell, the creator of Clifford, the Big Red Dog

Amy Williams, The Martha's Vineyard Times, August 21, 2003 "...a story about friendship, love, peace, and facing difficult decisions. An ecological/sociological theme is woven through the story." --Martha's Vineyard Times

MONT CLARE - A Wampanoag Indian legend known throughout Martha's Vineyard has been set to pages as Stacy Elizabeth Hall Martellucci has written and released, "The Legend of Katama, The Creation Story of Dolphins." The daughter of a Martha's Vineyard native, Martellucci grew up hearing the stories of the island and is fascinated to this day of the legends and folklore of the area. "The story of Katama was one that I loved hearing when I was a child," she said. "My mother constantly told me stories of the island and it has always meant so much to me. The story of Katama is one that only islanders knew of. I felt so strongly about it that I wanted to tell it." "The Legend of Katama," in Martellucci's words, is a story about a young woman who made awesome changes that affected the Wampanoag tribe. "This is a story of creation of things, along with the message of peace and love," she said. Martellucci said she was recovering from a bad case of mononucleosis when she awoke from her bed to begin writing the story. "After endless days of lying in my bed, staring into space, I got up one May morning in 1999 and wrote the entire story in five hours," she said. "After writing it, I began to research Katama's story because I wanted to be technically accurate as possible. That is when I met Tobias Vanderhoop, who is a storyteller himself. He was instrumental in educating me about the Wampanoag." An additional bonus in her meeting with Vanderhoop is how she got to meet the book's illustrator. "Tobias recommended the work of his cousin, Jannette Vanderhoop," she said. "She is a 22-year-old college student in California. It was a perfect match. We worked out an arrangement amongst ourselves." Martellucci said she mailed the original 1999 manuscript to ten publishing houses and received "rejection after rejection." "I went back to teaching and then the events of Sept. 11 occurred," she said. "This story is about keeping peace and I made a vow that day to finish the book. --The Phoenix

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