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Kunu's Basket: A Story from Indian Island (Paperback)
A Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice of 2013
Reading Is Fundamental STEAM Collection
Kunu wants to make a pack basket, just like the other men on Indian Island.
But making the basket is difficult, and Kunu gets frustrated. He is ready to give up when his grandfather intervenes. This is not only a story about a family tradition, but also a story about learning to be patient and gentle with yourself.
- A story about contemporary Native American life
- This new paperback edition includes a new Author’s Note about the traditions and importance of basketmaking in Penobscot Nation culture.
Fountas & Pinnell Level N
About the Author
Lee DeCora Francis (Penobscot/HoChunk) comes from both the Penobscot Indian Nation in Maine and the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. She is a teacher at the tribal elementary school located at the Penobscot Nation. She lives on Indian Island in Maine with her husband, two beautiful sons, and their cat.
Susan Drucker has loved drawing and painting since she was a child. An illustrator and artist, she lives with her husband in Bowdoinham, Maine, and has two grown children.
written and illustrated . . . I hope Lee DeCora Francis writes some more books.
She’s got a knack for seamlessly presenting the story without sounding
didactic. This is exquisite writing, and I’d love to see more of it.
— Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children’s Literature
of Kunu’s home are gracefully juxtaposed with images of baskets from eras past
holding fish, berries, potatoes, ferns, and more, suggesting that longstanding
cultural traditions can be readily integrated into a contemporary lifestyle.
Basket is a delightful addition to Tilbury House’s growing list of titles by
Native New Englanders that depict modern American Indian lives. This simple
story of a contemporary Penobscot boy being encouraged to make his first basket
is told and illustrated with accuracy, clarity, and intelligence. It truly should
delight not only young children, but people of all ages. It’s not just about
the enduring nature of traditional crafts; it also demonstrates the values of
patience, family, and perseverance.
— Joseph Bruchac, author of Our Stories Remember