A Magical Sturgeon

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This book is an example of the increasing exposure of Native American stories being told at a picture book level, though it is more designed for parents to read out loud to their children at night than it is necessarily for children to read out loud on their own due to some difficult and multi-syllable words.

The story concerns two young sisters who are tasked with catching a magical sturgeon and offering food to the gods. Instead of offering food to the magical sturgeon and having their village rewarded, the two sisters become hungry and eat the food instead.

This causes the youngest of the two sisters to be washed away in the river while the eldest sister brings back a sturgeon for the village to feast on. The eldest sister is too sad to participate in the village festivities over the sturgeon, but is reunited with her young sister after she shows remorse at not saving the food offering for the magic sturgeon.

This book is designed with words on one side and with the other page full of colorful art to capture the younger readers’ eyes.

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Author Joseph Dandurand
Star Count /5
Format Trade
Page Count 32 pages
Publisher Nightwood Editions
Publish Date 20-Sep-2022
ISBN 9780889713901
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Issue September 2022
Category Children's