Bibliographic Information: McDermott, G. (1974). Arrow to the sun: A Pueblo Indian tale. New York, NY: The Viking Press, Inc.
Brief Annotation: A young man undergoes the trials of a hero quest as he searches for his father and proves himself to be the son of the Sun.
Grade Level: K-2
Readers who will like this: Readers who like folktales and mythology; readers who like stories about Native American culture; readers who like stories with adventure.
Rating/Response: 3; I am desperately trying to read books that I am totally unfamiliar with both the author and the book itself. I thought I had succeeded with Arrow to the sun, only to discover that the author also wrote Anansi. I feel that I can’t judge this book too harshly because it was written in the mid-seventies. The illustrations, while both evocative of some types of Native American art and utilizing a brilliant color scheme, were also very obviously from their era. Additionally, I did a small amount of research that made me nervous about presenting this book as an accurate representation of Native American culture. However, the story of the unwed girl giving birth to the son of a god (or the God) is common across many cultures, and this might be an interesting book to include in a series that featured such stories.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: What stories do you know about heroes? What are some things those stories have in common?