In this picture book for the young children a contemporary Shawnee family plans a traditional green snake ceremony to bless four-year-old Mary Greyfeather. When Mary asks, "What's a green snake ceremony?" cousin Tony blurts out, "That's where they put a green snake in your mouth." Full-color.
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In this delightfully illustrated children's book, a Native American family lovingly blends the ancient practices of their ancestors with contemporary life. In Green Snake Ceremony a Shawnee family plans a traditional green snake ceremony to bless four-year-old Mary Greyfeather. Little Mary isn't at all sure she wants to have a party with a snake but Grandma Greyfeather tells her, "Green snakes won't hurt anyone. They're good luck". "They give girls your age good health", Grandpa Greyfeather adds. Meanwhile, Herman, the friendly little green snake who lives under the Greyfeather's house, has overheard the conversation and is even more upset than Mary. He is sure he doesn't want to come to a party with humans. So begins the story of the Greyfeather family's attempts to find a green snake for Mary's ceremony, and Herman's attempts not to be found. The search takes the grandparents and Mary to the park, the zoo, the nature center and the pet store, because they have no idea that Herman lives right under their front porch. That, of course, is the way Herman wants it, and he makes every attempt to disguise himself. Before it's over, Mary gets her ceremony (which isn't at all scary, as she had feared) and Herman gets a whole new lease on life.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2-An excellent, well-illustrated look at a contemporary Shawnee custom. As four-year-old Mary Greyfeather gets ready to go fishing, her grandfather suggests that it is time to prepare for her green snake ceremony. Afraid of snakes, the girl is not at all sure that she wants to hold one in her mouth in order to gain strength and good luck. When the green snake living under the porch overhears this conversation, he is equally reluctant to end up in a human's mouth. This charming tale is really two stories simultaneously told in double-page spreads: as Grandpa, Mary, and her cousins look for the appropriate reptile in the woods, on a nature preserve, and even in a pet store, the green snake reacts comically to the words and actions of the humans. When the Greyfeathers finally give up their search and improvise with a pet-shop garter snake and a piece of green cloth, everyone-including the green snake-is happy with the results. The soft tones of the cartoonlike illustrations enhance the gentle humor of the story.
Lisa Mitten, University of Pittsburgh, PA
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Book Description Council Oak Books, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Kim Doner (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M1571780572
Book Description Council Oak Books, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111571780572