'Ladder to the Sky' a legend retold by Barbara Juster Esbensen Illustrated by Helen K. Davie
'Ladder to the Sky' is the retelling of 'How the Gift of Healing came to the Ojibway Nation'
It tells the story of how the Ojibway peoples live a healthy and long life with no illness and death. One day jealousy comes into their midst and from that point life is not so idylic. Eventually one person breaks a taboo and the Great Spirit brings illness on the peoples. The Great Spirit also brings the gift of knowledge about the flowers and berries and their healing properties.
The amount of details in these pictures is amazing. Look below the women's feet at the details of the woven mats.
This painting depicts the gift of knowledge of healing with all the fruits and flowers being given to the people.
This is a lovely retelling of the story. It will appeal to both children and adults.
Read my earlier posting about George Copway
Learn more about Barbara Juster Esbensen and her books
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