Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story

Natachee Scott Momaday, Author, Natachee Scott Momaday, Illustrator
Natachee Scott Momaday, Author, Natachee Scott Momaday, Illustrator Clear Light Books $17.95 (42p) ISBN 978-0-940666-32-0
Reviewed on: 08/01/1994
Release date: 08/01/1994
Hardcover - 44 pages - 978-0-8263-2149-7
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-8263-2797-0
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Drawing on childhood memories of Christmas in a New Mexican village, Momaday produces a poetic story that skillfully blends Christian and Native American traditions. On Christmas Eve, Tolo, a lonely mute boy, is drawn by the spirit of his beloved grandfather to a bonfire in the mountains, where he shares a ``circle of wonder and good will'' with an elk, a wolf and an eagle. His heart fills with love for his family, for the Christ child and for all creation, and in this brief glimpse of the interconnectedness of all life his loneliness is banished forever. Features Momaday's singular, impressionistic artwork. All ages. (Sept.)
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