The Book of Nature Myths

by Florence Holbrook


Description:  Over fifty short myths about animals, birds, and natural subjects, suitable for the child's own reading in the second grade. These naive explanations of the phenomena of nature given by early peoples are told in a simple, yet interesting fashion and appeal to the child's sense of wonder about the same phenomena. Most of the myths are drawn from Native American sources, but a few Greek and Japanese myths are also included. Written as a sequel to The Hiawatha Primer with a gradual increase in both vocabulary and complexity of expression.


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Ages:  7-10
Length:  175 pages
Format:  Paperback, Ebook
Illustrations:  Black and white
Year published:  2009
ISBN:  978-1-59915-313-1
Genres:  Nature, Mythology

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Table of Contents

1. The Story of the First Humming-bird
2. The Story of the First Butterflies 
3. The Story of the First Woodpecker 
4. Why the Woodpecker's Head Is Red 
5. Why the Cat Always Falls upon Her Feet 
6. Why the Swallow's Tail Is Forked 
7. Why the White Hares Have Black Ears 
8. Why the Magpie's Nest Is Not Well Built 
9. Why the Raven's Feathers Are Black 
10. How Fire Was Brought to the Indians 
11. How the Quail Became a Snipe 
12. Why the Serpent Sheds His Skin 
13. Why the Dove Is Timid 
14. Why the Parrot Repeats the Words of Men 
15. The Story of the First Mocking-Bird 
16. Why the Tail of the Fox Has a White Tip 
17. The Story of the First Frog 
18. Why the Rabbit Is Timid 
19. Why the Peetweet Cries for Rain 
20. Why the Bear Has a Short Tail 
21. Why the Wren Flies Close to the Earth 
22. Why the Hoofs of the Deer Are Split 
23. The Story of the First Grasshopper 
24. The Story of the Oriole 
25. Why the Peacock's Tail Has a Hundred Eyes 
26. The Story of the Bees and the Flies 
27. The Story of the First Moles 

28. The Story of the First Ants 

29. The Face of the Manito 

30. The Story of the First Diamonds
31. The Story of the First Pearls 
32. The Story of the First Emeralds 
33. Why the Evergreen Trees Never Lose Their Leaves 
34. Why the Aspen Leaves Tremble 
35. How the Blossoms Came to the Heather 
36. How Flax Was Given to Men 
37. Why the Juniper Has Berries 
38. Why the Sea Is Salt 
39. The Story of the First Whitefish 
40. Was It the First Turtle? 
41. Why the Crocodile Has a Wide Mouth 
42. The Story of the Picture on the Vase 
43. Why the Water in Rivers Is Never Still 
44. How the Raven Helped Man 
45. The Story of the Earth and the Sky 
46. How Summer Came to the Earth 
47. The Story of the First Snowdrops 
48. Why the Face of the Moon Is White 
49. Why All Men Love the Moon 
50. Why There Is a Hare in the Moon 
51. The Children in the Moon 
52. Why There Is a Man in the Moon 
53. The Twin Stars 
54. The Lantern and the Fan

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