Heetunkas Harvest: A Tale of the Plains Indians, by Jones, Grade 1 and Up

Jones, Jennifer Berry

Published by San Val, 1998
ISBN 10: 061382654X / ISBN 13: 9780613826549
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Synopsis: A retelling of a Sioux legend recounts how a woman learns a lesson about selfishness when she take beans from Heetunka the mouse without leaving a gift in return, and so brings the wrath of the gods down on herself.

Ages 5 to 12

From Publishers Weekly: Jones discards Native American storytelling conventions in her version of a Plains Indian tale; the result is an abruptly moderated cautionary tale. A Dakota woman, proud of her thorough preparations for winter, turns greedy as she contemplates Heetunka the Bean Mouse's store of rich white beans. Instead of taking what she needs and leaving behind the customary exchange, she scoops up every last bean. The woman behaves ever more selfishly and destructively, until she finally loses her well-appointed tipi in a prairie fire that, pointedly, leaves her neighbors' homes untouched. Stripped of Native American formalities, the story seems bare, inviting readers to doubt the protagonist's sudden descent into moral bankruptcy. Keegan's illustrations, framed in a motif incorporating quill work, fetish shells and feathers, add authenticity, while an author's note and glossary provide valuable documentation. Ages 6-12.
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Title: Heetunkas Harvest: A Tale of the Plains ...
Publisher: San Val
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Good

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