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Brother Eagle, Sister Sky

Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Susan Jeffers
Date of Publication:
Grade Level: 5th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Apr. 2002, Apr. 2001

Synopsis: "How can you buy the sky? How can you own the rain and the wind?" So begin the moving words attributed to a great American Indian chief--Chief Seattle--over 100 years ago. They are words that eloquently capture the central belief of Native Americans: that this earth and every creature on it is sacred.

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  Is what Chief Seattle said still true today? How would you say it? Re-write, and decorate his speech in your own words for today.
•  What is the most important thing the earth gives you? Why is it important? How can you protect it? Draw or write.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!