I was SO EXCITED when I saw this book, I snatched it up immediately! A beautiful retelling of the Zuni Indian myth, The Boy Who Made Dragonfly is a must read for all lovers of dragonflies. It not only tells of the insect’s origins from the Zuni’s cultural point of view, but delivers a moral tale without being preachy about it.
The story is of two Zuni children who are accidentally left behind when the entire tribe leaves their village during a devastating drought. The older boy is tasked with their survival as well as keeping his little sister’s spirits up through the cold, friendless winter months. The only spoiler I will tell you is it has a happy ending, making it a good read for younger children.
I love the rich, vivid description of Zuni culture and the peek into their daily life and tribal structure. I read it in one sitting in an hour – an easy feat at only 81 pages with wide margins. In our fast-paced world of today, it is the perfect length.
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