The Man Who Dreamed of Elk Dogs: & Other Stories from Tipi


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Wisdom Tales
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7.48 X 10.53 X 0.55 inches | 0.96 pounds

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About the Author

Paul Goble has received wide acclaim for his magnificent books, including Buffalo Woman, Dream Wolf, Her Seven Brothers, and the winner of the 1979 Caldecott Medal, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. Commenting on his work in Beyond the Ridge, Horn Book Magazine said, "striking elements synthesize the graphics with the narrative and spiritual aspects of the text." The New York Times Book Review noted that his technique is "a marriage of authentic design and contemporary artistry, and it succeeds beautifully." Paul Goble's most recent book for Bradbury Press, I Sing for the Animals, was called "a lovely, small book that movingly conveys profound belief in the goodness of creation" by Kirkus Reviews, and School Library Journal said it "fits as easily in the hand as Goble's meditations about the natural world do in the heart."


Caldecott winner Goble (The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses) presents another group of stories from Plains Indians. The titular tale explains the coming of horses ('elk-dogs'). Many other stories concern themselves with animals, and some with spirits. An appropriately wee tale relates an incident involving a mouse chief. All the stories are accompanied by Goble's stunning paintings, which employ simple lines and earthy, matte colors. Goble is not Native American, but has won praise from the Native community for his cultural accuracy. A foreword by Menominee Indian and children's literature professor Lauren Waukau-Villagomez endorses his work; a page of references lists his sources. The book is text-intensive, but the illustrations invite reader engagement.--Publishers Weekly
For his third collection of 'Stories from the Tipi, ' Goble has selected 23 traditional tales that reflect the diversity of the folklore of the Great Plains. Stories drawn from the oral traditions of the Blackfoot, Lakota, Pawnee, and other Plains nations illuminate the beliefs, values, and histories of these cultures. Though dreams and dreamers are a thematic thread, the stories are diverse in topic and varied in length. Goble's signature illustrations provide artistic unity, balancing the brevity of the stories with imaginative details and warm, inviting colors. Gentle, chatty introductions to several of the stories supply cultural context while preserving the oral tone of the collection. Model source notes appear at the end, confirming Lauren Waukau-Villagomez's assertion, in her foreword, that Goble's 'stories and illustrations are culturally correct and significant.' This book serves as an excellent introduction to the rich cultural traditions of the Great Plains, and as a valuable resource for storytellers looking for respectful renditions of Native American tales.--School Library Journal
The Man Who Dreamed of Elk-Dogs & Other Stories from the Tipi is a collection of 23 traditional stories from traditions of the Blackfoot, Lakota, Assiniboin, Pawnee, Winnebago, Omaha, Hidatsa, and Cheyenne nations. Sensitively retold and magnificently illustrated by Caldecott-medal winner, author/artist Paul Goble, The Man Who Dreamed of Elk-Dogs & Other Stories from the Tipi continues to create beautiful, authentic renditions of valuable pieces of Native American wisdom in 'perfect attunement with the natural world around them.' A treasure to be shared with all ages, here are 23 traditional stories from multiple Plains Indian tribes, illustrated with 45 brilliant color paintings and a stringent foreword that unequivocally describes Goble's stories and illustrations as 'culturally correct and significant, ' while 'His depiction of Native Americans is respectful and fair.' Foreword author Lauren Waukau-Villagomez goes on to say that although Paul Goble is no Native American, 'he has the heart of a Native American.' The Man Who Dreamed of Elk-Dogs & Other Stories from the Tipi continues this valuable practice in contributing gems and nuggets of preserved Native American stories and teaching tales, with the voice of a careful story teller who shows respect for the authentic voice of Native peoples. An interesting addition to these stories is the italicized asides that the author uses to explain some of the important concepts or beliefs illustrated by the story, or to underline inconsistencies or differences between views held by different tribes and peoples. This beautiful edition is sure to enrich all multi-cultural children's collections in libraries [that are] personal, public and educational.--Children's Bookwatch
The Man Who Dreamed of Elk-Dogs is the third and final book in the trilogy of tipi stories by award winning author, Paul Goble. These 23 traditional Plains Indian stories contain many valuable life lessons. The author's commentaries, at the beginning and end of many stories are insightful and helpful. As always, the illustrations of the animals, insects, birds and plant are first class, and if you appreciate native material culture, the people with their shirts, dresses, leggings, wearing blankets, hairstyles, and tipis reflect a lifetime of research and careful study. On behalf of all of your readers, native and non-native: Thank You!--Whispering Wind magazine