Publisher description for The sun's daughter : a story based on an Iroquois legend / by Pat Sherman ; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.
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Once the people of the earth did not have to plant or reap, for the Sun's daughters--Maize, Pumpkin, and Red Bean--walked among them. But when Maize is trapped by lonely Silver in his cave, Sun vows not to touch the earth again until Maize is found. The Pewee birds take pity on the cold and starving people of the earth and try to get Maize back, but Silver refuses to let her go until such time as the trees weep. The birds beg the trees "please-weep, please-weep," Sun relents and touches the tree tips, causing them to weep (maple sap), and Silver agrees to release Maize, but only for part of each year. Ever since, people have had to plant and harvest in preparation for winter.
Eloquently told and filled with lovely and unusual images, this evocative tale will make a special picture book.
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