How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend

How the Stars Fell into the Sky A Navajo Legend This retelling of a Navajo folktale explains how First Woman tried to write the laws of the land using stars in the sky only to be thwarted by the trickster Coyote

  • Title: How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend
  • Author: Jerrie Oughton Lisa Desimini
  • ISBN: 9780395587980
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This retelling of a Navajo folktale explains how First Woman tried to write the laws of the land using stars in the sky, only to be thwarted by the trickster Coyote.

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    1. Jerrie Oughton’s picture book How the Stars Fell into the Sky retells the traditional Navajo legend which explains why the stars and life are disorganized and chaotic. First Woman wants to write the laws for people to follow in a way all can see. First Man suggests she write them with her jewels in the night sky. Coyote, a traditional Native American trickster character, offers to help. Coyote becomes bored with the project and gathers the remaining jewels and flings them into the sky, cloudin [...]

    2. This is a cute book for a story about how the stars fell in the sky the way they did. It also shows multicultural aspects since it is based on a Navajo legend. This would be a good book for students learning about different cultures and their stories. IHowever, I did not like how the story so abruptly ends.

    3. This Navajo legend captivated me with its simplicity. It is well illustrated & simply worded, but in the pattern of typical Native American folklore, has deeply rooted implications. This beautiful explanation of worldly confusion, prompted me to reflect on my own philosophical ideas & wish for more simple truths to fill my mind.

    4. everyone is confused because bullshit mother fucker coyote threw all the stars!!! way to go COYOTE!!! ugh!

    5. Book Title: How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo LegendAuthor: Jerrie OughtonIllustrator: Jerrie OughtonGenre: LegendTheme(s): Navajo Legend, CreationOpening line/sentence: “When the pulse of the first day carried it to the rim of night, First Woman said to First Man, “The people need to know the laws. To help them, we must write the laws for all to see.””Brief Book Summary: This legend tells the story of how the stars fell into the sky. The First Woman planned to carefully arrange [...]

    6. Title: How the Stars Fell into the SkyAuthor: Jerrie OughtonIllustrator: Lisa Desimini Genre: LegendTheme(s): Stars, Animals, Creation Opening line/sentence: When the pulse of the first day carried it to the rim of the night, first woman said to first man, that people need to know the laws.Brief Book Summary: This book is about the First Woman creating laws for the people of the land out of stars in the night sky. Coyote offers to help, but impatiently spreads a blanket of stars all over the pla [...]

    7. Title: How the Stars Fell into the SkyAuthor: Jerrie OughtonIllustrator: Lisa DesiminiGenre: Legend Theme (s): Family, Overcoming challenges and obstacles Opening Line/Sentence: When the pulse of the first day carried into the rim of the night, the first woman said to the first man, the people need to know the laws. Brief Book Summary: Jin Pal-gang has worked at an insurance firm for five years, but unfortunately she spends more money than she makes. Although she is twenty-five years old she is [...]

    8. Sandra Carolina ArguetaMarch 29, 2016ETEC 545 Creation MythOughton, Jerrie. How the Stars Fell into the Sky. Illustrated by Desimini, Lisa. Houghton Mifflin Co Boston 1992.In this creation myth, First man, and First Woman, needed to put the finishing touches on the completion of the earth, for “the rim of the night” was upon them. They were trying to device a way to communicate the rules of the land to the rest of humanity lest they may find themselves confused. Oughton, tells this Navajo le [...]

    9. Comments: The mystery and mystic of this book will undeniably captivate a crowd of elementary school-aged readers. From the pictures to the unusual sequence of events that take place, this is a great invitation into the Native American legacy of story-telling and myth. The fantastical and light-hearted voice of First Woman is the main aspect that drives the story of the creation of the nighttime sky but the entry of Coyote is classic. The most emotion-provoking turn of the story occurs when Coyo [...]

    10. Personal Reaction: I loved this story, I love how it incorporated a trickster (the coyote) but it made everything okay and exactly how it was supposed to be in the endad aloud to make a curricular connection This could be used as a read aloud that is discussing the Native American culture. This is important to recognize and make note of because they are a big part of American history. After reading this story, teachers can have the students do activities and state their ideas on how the story or [...]

    11. Oughton's telling of the Navajo legend is accessible to all ages. Younger children can revel in the bold and colorful illustrations. Adults can enjoy an origin story that provides insight and understanding of our human condition. One of my favorite aspects of this telling is that Coyote is sympathetic. I could relate to some of his impatience, his desire to see a job completed. Likewise, I think that a lot of children can connect with that attitude, as well. How often do they try to rush through [...]

    12. Comment:How the Stars Fell into the Sky is an interesting children's literature book with a quick and sad ending. I found this to be a very good book for children. I enjoyed the colorful illustrations, as well. Age: 2nd grade & up Summary:The story is a retelling of an ancient Navajo legend about how the stars came to be in the sky. This folktale explains and shows how the laws of the land were created. "Quote:"The people must know the laws. To help them, we must write the laws for all to se [...]

    13. This is a Navajo folktale about how the laws of the land were created. The first woman on earth is trying to write the laws n the night sky. When a coyote comes to lend a hand. Growing more and more impatient he messes up the first woman’s plan. I have noticed after reading so many Native American tales that the coyote is consistent throughout. I wonder if this is because these tales were written out west? Or because the coyote was considered vary cunning? Any thoughts?

    14. I like the tale behind the story but the story itself could have had a little more oomph. That said, the Navajo traditions and tales have always mesmerized me. The illustrations are vibrant.Written by Jerrie Oughton, illustrated by Lisa Desimini and published Houghton Mifflin. #Navajo #Tale #NativeAmerican #PB

    15. A myth that shows Coyote's tendency to screw things up! And it is a myth--explaining how the stars were put into the heavens, and why people are confused about how to live properly. Lovely illustrations. I was unfamiliar with this story, and wasn't sure kids would like it, but it was well accepted by kids starting to study Native Americans.

    16. As a Creation explanation legend this story describes how the stars appeared. It is Navajo of origin.I really enjoyed it. I like Coyote, even though he almost always messes things up his stories are always fascinating. The illustrations are engaging and the story makes me think of other Creation stories I know of.

    17. I really enjoyed this story, an attempt to explain the mysteries of the Earth at the very beginning of time. The story is short and simple and the illustrations fit the tale nicely. Our girls enjoyed the story, although they were sad that the coyote ruined the First Woman's plans.

    18. This is a very cute book explaining to children how stars ended up in the sky. It is a Navajo Legend that has been told for many years so I think that is very special. The illustrations in this book are beautiful and the story is very cute. Great book!

    19. Ended abruptly. OK, not really. But I wonder how many kids (and how many adults) can quickly parse out the meaning of the very abrupt ending. I wouldn't want it to be overly pedantic but a small bit of "explanation" would greatly help.

    20. I read this book to my preschoolers. We have children in wheelchairs in our class and this teaches them its ok to be different.

    21. This is a folk tale about writing the laws in the sky with stars so nobody will be confused. It was an ok story, I really enjoyed the illustrations more than the story itself.

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