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Arrow to the Sun

Last updated Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Author: Gerald McDermott
Date of Publication:
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Sep. 2001

Synopsis: An expression of the universal myth of the hero-quest, this beautiful story also portrays the Indian reverence for the source of life: the Solar Fire.

Note to readers:
•  Hear and see this book read aloud on YouTube

Discussion topics:
•  (We read this book before we started creating discussion topics in our reading guides.)

Craft ideas:
•  What happened to the Boy? Write/ draw the next chapter.
•  Which test was the hardest: lions, serpents, bees, lightning? Write the story that is drawn in the picture.
•  Make your own arrow, or hat like that worn by the God of the Sun.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!