The Legend of the Bluebonnet
Author: Tomie dePaola
Grade Level Equivalent:
Guided Reading Level:
Fables, Folk Tales and Myths
Native American, Family Life, Feelings and Emotions
Tomie dePaola retells the folktale of how the blue bonnets, the state flower of Texas, came to be. Long ago, there was a terrible drought in the land and many people suffered. A young girl named She-Who-Is-Alone sacrifices her most prized possession, a doll, to the Great Spirits. This doll is her only connection to the family she has lost. The Great Spirits accept her gift, end the drought, and as a sign of forgiveness, they cover the ground every spring with beautiful blue bonnets.
DePaola does an admirable job of maintaining the authenticity of this tale. His illustrations and language accurately portray the customs, dress, and culture of the Comanche people. Addressing important issues such as family, community and nature, this book is sure to be enjoyed by all, but is especially intended for six to eight year olds.