Celebrate earth’s bounty and the inherent value of all living things with a lavish anthology of traditional Native American animal and nature lore, selected and retold especially for young children.

Representing 20 tribes and every ethnological region, this definitive treasury includes “Raven, the Rainmaker,” the Tlingit tale of a generous act that brought fresh water to the earth; “The Corn Song,” from the Dine, which celebrates the blue grain that is the tribe’s staff of life; and “Coyote and the Blackbirds,” a hilarious Pueblo legend about a conceited coyote who gets his comeuppance.

This rich reference tool also contains an introduction, appendix, map, and informative source notes. Nancy Van Laan’s spirited retellings and Lisa Desimini’s stunning multimedia artwork make this an ideal read-aloud and a must-have addition to folklore collections.

Contributed by Nancy Van Laan