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The Book of Nature Myths

Florence Holbrook

Book Overview: 

This is a book of myths told by the Indians of North America to their children. They could be compared to present day Fairy Tales

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .WHY THE RAVEN'S FEATHERS ARE BLACK.

Long, long ago the raven's feathers were white as snow. He was a beautiful bird, but the other birds did not like him because he was a thief. When they saw him coming, they would hide away the things that they cared for most, but in some marvelous way he always found them and took them to his nest in the pine-tree.

One morning the raven heard a little bird singing merrily in a thicket. The leaves of the trees were dark green, and the little bird's yellow feathers looked like sunshine among them.

"I will have that bird," said the raven, and he seized the trembling little thing.[Pg 35]

The yellow bird fluttered and cried, "Help, help! Will no one come and help me!"

The other birds happened to be far away, and not one heard her cries. "The raven will kill me," she called. "Help, help!"

Now hidden in the bark of a tree was a wood-worm.

"I am only a wood-worm," he said to himself. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Unreferenced Myths from around the world (I'm Guessing) put together as a primer in Chicago for teaching children in the early part of the 20th century. Some definite Christian reworks of older stories. Many of these stories are Native American. It would have been helpful to have acknowledged her...more

This was a great eclectic mix of stories, from the frankly bizarre (jack an Jill?! Had no idea...) to the tearjerking (hare in the moon- I though it was originally a Buddhist story!)
Nicely surprised at the global scale, loved it.

"... The gentle Spirit was angry. 'I must get a firebrand and beat them with it,' he said, 'for they must learn to be good.'"

Some are a bit choppy and hard to read and so they were not my favorite. Wish they stated what cultures they were from. I would rate probably a 2 however my kids ages 5, 7, and 11 adored them so had to give higher rating. They keep asking for more. I read aloud at night while camping letting them...more