Powell, Patricia Hruby. Frog Brings Rain, illus: Kendrick Benally, Navajo: Peter A. Thomas. Flagstaff, az: Salina Bookshelf, 2006



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Powell, Patricia Hruby. Frog Brings Rain, illus: Kendrick Benally, Navajo: Peter A. Thomas. Flagstaff, AZ: Salina Bookshelf, 2006.

Aesop Accolade 2006

Lacapa Spirit Honor Award - Illustration 2007

Spur Storytelling Finalist Award 2007

Arizona Book Award - Arizona Publisher's Association 2007
This award-winning book is a bilingual ecology tale from the Navajo tradition.

Native Americans lived in balance with the earth for generations. Here are some discussion points, questions, or ideas for reports, introduced and embodied in the story. We’ll concentrate and character and setting.


Ecological threads and activities described on-line
Snail keeps the spring water clean. http://www.pbs.org/saf/1204/teaching/teaching2.htm

http://www.delta-education.com/productdetail.aspx?Collection=N&prodID=5320&return=1088

river flow change: Beaver, Otter, Muskrat

The Colorado River is shared by many in the arid region of the southwest. The Hoover Dam being was built in 1931. Dams are intended to provide safety from raging floods and protect cities and farms from drought via their massive stores of water. Unfortunately the redirected water has changed river habitat and impacted fish and wildlife. Efforts are currently underway to restore damaged habitat and boost the population of these creatures.


http://www.water-ed.org/coloradoriver.asp
about frogs

http://allaboutfrogs.org/weird/general/raining.html
each of the animals of the southwest in this story can be studied.

mockingbird, nighthawk, canary or finch, robin, snail, bear, wolf, lynx, mountain lion, beaver, otter, muskrat, turtle, frog, kingfisher, fishhawk (osprey), grebe, crane (sandhill).


Which characters in the story take on current qualities as a result of their actions in this story?

Robin redbreast; frog still calls the rain; crane is known as rain bird.


Navajo cultural information:

chango hair style

jewelry worn by First Woman, Frog, Crane, denoting that animals were people in the beginning.

traditional Navajo colors (of clouds) associated with directions:

north – black south – blue east – white west- yellow

Coyote actually lit the mountainside on fire, but this could not be mentioned by the author, because of the importance of sacred coyote in Navajo tradition. If the story begins with coyote, it must be a coyote story, out of respect for coyote.


First Man has ideas, but First Woman is always the one to take action. Navajo is a matrilineal society in that the people claim their clans through their mothers.



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