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The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood
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The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood: A Creek Indian Story
The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood: A Creek Indian Story
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American Indian
Children’s Books
Mythology or Legend

Price:  $17.95

ISBN:  978-1-937786-12-0
Book Size:  8" × 9.5"
# of Pages:  36
Language:  English



Description
The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood is award-winning children’s author Gerald Hausman’s retelling of a Creek Indian story. When Spotted Frog tells of a great flood that is about to destroy their homes, all of the animals ignore his warnings, except Listener the Otter. Ridiculed by the other animals, Listener heeds Spotted Frog’s predictions and begins to build a raft to try and survive the impending disaster. Many adventures follow, and the result is … the creation of humankind!

This Wisdom Tales (our children's imprint) book conveys an ancient but universal tale that is full of traditional Native American wisdom. The story is a wonderful adventure, but there is also a farsighted environmental and moral message that fits our own day and age.

AWARDS

  • Midwest Books Award Gold Medal in the category “Illustration: Graphic”
  • Midwest Books Award Silver Medal in the category “Children’s Picture Books”
  • Midwest Books Award Silver Medal in the category “Total Book Design”
  • Finalist for 2013 Foreword Review “Book of the Year” Award in the category “Picture Books, Early Reader”
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Details on “The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood”

When Spotted Frog tells of a great flood that is about to destroy their homes, all of the animals ignore his warnings, except Listener the Otter. Ridiculed by the other animals, Listener heeds Spotted Frog’s predictions and begins to build a raft to try and survive the impending disaster. But will his efforts be enough?

This charming children’s book, from our Wisdom Tales imprint, warns us to listen to the wisdom of nature and the environment. Based on a traditional story from the Creek Indians of northern Florida and Georgia, The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood is retold by award-winning author and storyteller Gerald Hausman, and is brought to life by the powerful images of Ramon Shiloh.

This universal tale is full of traditional Native American wisdom which seems even more farsighted in our own day and age, with the conditions of global warming and other environmental threats that confront us more and more.

AWARDS

  • Midwest Books Award Gold Medal in the category “Illustration: Graphic”
  • Midwest Books Award Silver Medal in the category “Children’s Picture Books”
  • Midwest Books Award Silver Medal in the category “Total Book Design”
  • Finalist for 2013 Foreword Review “Book of the Year” Award in the category “Picture Books, Early Reader”
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The Author and Illustrator of this book

Gerald Hausman

Gerald Hausman is a writer, editor, teacher, folklorist, and storyteller. His many books focus particularly on Native American themes and animal mythology, among other topics. Hausman's work has earned him many honors and awards, and he has also appeared on television and radio programs. He also writes an award-winning column, "Pine Island Soundings" about life on a barrier island. Gerald Hausman’s most recent contribution to World Wisdom is as the author of The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood: A Creek Indian Story, which was illustrated by Ramon Shiloh. The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood is in our Wisdom Tales series of children's books.

Along with co-editor Bob Kapoun, Hausman also edited The Image Taker: The Selected Stories and Photographs of Edward S. Curtis, which features nearly 200 rarely seen photographs from Edward S. Curtis’ masterpiece, The North American Indian. The book combines the history and the stories from 26 tribes and transports the reader to a now-lost age.

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Ramon Shiloh

Ramon Shiloh is an American author, illustrator, and storyteller. He partnered as an illustrator with author and storyteller Gerald Hausman to produce the Wisdom Tales book The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood: A Creek Indian Story. The book is a mythical story based in America before humans existed on earth, with animal characters and a great flood that ends with the creation of First Man and First Woman in a very surprising way.

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Reviews of “The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood”

“In this Creek flood story, the world is populated by ‘animal people’; the Noah figure is a river otter, eloquently named Listener, and the flood prophecy—as well as instructions for building a watertight raft, anchored to ‘the tallest water oak in the woods’—comes in the form of a song from bright-green Spotted Frog. In beautifully direct prose, Hausman evokes Listener’s diligence and the watery cataclysm he survives: ‘Far below the gloom, fish flew like silent birds through the sunken trees. Alligators and manatees swam through the silence of the deepening flood.’ The story’s second half, in which a lonely but patient Listener struggles to find companionship (he is eventually rewarded with both a mate and transformation into a human being) may test some younger readers’ patience, but Shiloh’s (Star Stories for Little Dreamers) illustrations, which have a hand-painted quality, should hold their attention. The pictures are woven into the story and range from folk art–like motifs to strikingly realistic portraiture, creating a sense of a Native American illuminated manuscript. Ages 4–8.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)



The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood: A Creek Indian Story is a respectful retelling of a traditional Creek origin tale from the Georgia Creek Indian ancestors of the Florida Seminole and Miccosukee tribes. This stunning edition is enhanced by the artistry of star-studded portraits of Otter Woman and Listener, who become First Man and First Woman. This is a poetic origin tale, with a crucial role played by Spotted Frog, ‘who, as everyone knows, saved the world by singing.’ The animal characters in this tale show different sensitivities or abilities to listen to the voice of others and of Nature. The message of the tale seems enwrapped in an ability to hear and respond to the important messages of Mother Earth. The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood is a classic origin tale, majestically presented in this volume for children ages 4 and up.”
Children’s Bookwatch, a publication of Midwest Book Review



“Ramon is an amazing storyteller and his style of illustration really brings the pages to life.”
Chris Eyre, Director of Smoke Signals



“Shiloh’s images of Otter and other animals are so beautifully done and he keeps his illustrations so amazingly simple, you never get distracted from the story.”
Kathy Peltier (Daughter of Leonard Peltier)



“Hausman’s vivid storytelling combines masterfully with Shiloh’s stunning, colorful images to make this cautionary environmental tale compelling and enjoyable. It is highly recommended for families to read aloud.”
Michael Oren Fitzgerald, editor of Indian Spirit and Spirit of Indian Women



“Like the best traditional tales, this is a story that both entertains and contains meaningful teachings that can be interpreted on more than one level. It’s a celebration of life, of the power of spirit, and of the importance of listening to all of Creation—from the greatest voice to the most humble. It is also as beautifully designed and illustrated as it is told with luminous artwork by Ramon Shiloh.”
Joseph Bruchac, author of Our Stories Remember



I enjoyed reading The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood, and admire the illustrations by Ramon Shiloh. Shiloh’s illustrations are quite original and engaging. I especially enjoyed his animals. Gerald Hausman tells the story with great verve, and some of the images are striking, e.g. ‘Far below in the gloom, fish flew like silent birds through the sunken trees. Alligators and manatees swam through the silence of the deepening flood.’ This is very powerful, poetic, and evocative language, and Shiloh’s illustrations bolster it well.”
Winfield Coleman, author and illustrator, and lecturer on ethnographic art (of American Indians)



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