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Book Title: LA Tierra Que Habla/the Talking Earth (Juvenil Alfaguara, 156)|
Date of issue: September 1st 1985
ISBN 13: 9788420436999
The author of the book: Jean Craighead George
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 667 KB
Read full description of the books LA Tierra Que Habla/the Talking Earth (Juvenil Alfaguara, 156):The Talking Earth tells the story of Billie Wind, a Seminole Indian her adventures through the Florida Everglades. The book opens with Billie Wind during a conversation with her Grandfather expressing her doubt of some of the customs and beliefs of her cultural group. Her elders have told her the story of the importance of the earth. They have told her the truths of her tribe and their beliefs that there are people who live underground who play tricks on on their people. Billie Wind smirks at all of this. After a meeting of the council with the Medicine man in charge, the group asks Billie Wind what does she feel is an adequate punishment for her because of her doubts. In Native American culture, it is a punishable error to harbor unbelief of any of the stories of their people.
When asked this Billie Wind suggest that she be banished to the "pa-hay-okee, the Everglades where the spirits dwell and stay until I can hear the animals talk, see the serpenr and meet the little people who live underground". Billie Wind, because of her unbelief feels that she will only be away for a couple of days. She finds out that surviving in the Everglades is not as easy as she expected. She finds herself battling hurricanes, a forest fire and swamps. She finds shelter in a cave and becomes friends with animals (talking animals?). She finds that she has to listen and depend on the animals and the earth in order to survive. Then she begins to understand the importance of the earth and the people who live beneath it.
This book is full of historical fiction and would interests students who are inquisitive about Indians. The customs are explained colorfully......the dress attire, the land, the dance rituals and their meanings. However, some things were quite unbelievable to me, especially the talking animals. That does not take away from the way Jean George told this story and the way that Billie Wind finally came to understand and believe in the stories of her family.
Read information about the authorJean Craighead George wrote over eighty popular books for young adults, including the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves and the Newbery Honor book My Side of the Mountain. Most of her books deal with topics related to the environment and the natural world. While she mostly wrote children's fiction, she also wrote at least two guides to cooking with wild foods, and an autobiography, Journey Inward.
The mother of three children, (Twig C. George, Craig, and T. Luke George) Jean George was a grandmother who joyfully read to her grandchildren since the time they were born. Over the years Jean George kept one hundred and seventy-three pets, not including dogs and cats, in her home in Chappaqua, New York. "Most of these wild animals depart in autumn when the sun changes their behaviour and they feel the urge to migrate or go off alone. While they are with us, however, they become characters in my books, articles, and stories."
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