Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Otter the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood

I find it very interesting that throughout history, many very different civilizations have stories about a Great Flood. In 'The Otter the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood' we hear about one such tale from the Georgia Creek Indians.

As with all great parables, this story teaches a lesson. Using the main characters, "Listener" and "Honors Himself" (Can you guess which one makes the better choices?) we are told an origin story that unfolds over the course of four days. As I'm sure you've already deduced, the moral of the story is that it is far wiser to listen to others than to ignore them.

I won't spoil the story for you, but it is very interesting both in the ways it is the same and the way it is different from the Bible origin and great flood stories. For those interested in other great flood stores, the Author's Note includes several other Native American versions.

I also must say something about the great illustrations! Each of the 36 pages in this hardcover book is filled with color and imagination that will hold your child's interest. Ramon Shiloh, the illustrator, did a truly beautiful job.

The book can be purchased on Amazon for $11.09 (as of this publishing).

*I received a book to facilitate this review. Regardless, all opinions are my own.