The Great Canoe

By Maggi, María Elena

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ISBN
978-0-88899-444-8
Publisher
Groundwood


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on October 1, 2001

Gr 1-6 In this tale of the Kari-a people of Venezuela, Kaputano, the Sky Dweller, warns of a great rain that will soon fall. Only four couples believe his words and help construct a huge canoe. After taking two of each kind of animal plus seeds from all the plants, they board the vessel and ride out the storm. The rest of the people and animals perish in the ri...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on January 1, 2002

Attesting to the universality of the Noah's Ark story in many cultures, here is a wonderfully fresh retelling based on an indigenous legend from Venezuela. Kaputano the Sky Dweller comes to warn the Kariña people that the earth will soon be destroyed in a great flood. Only four couples heed the warning and assist Kaputano in building a large canoe for themselves and for a pair of every kind of creature. They also harvest seeds—one from every kind of plant. After days enduring the cataclysm (a...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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