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The Otter, the Spotted Frog and the Great Flood 

Kidlit for Native American Heritage Month: The Otter, the Spotted Frog and the Great Flood 

This month I am revisiting some of my favorite family reads surrounding Native American Heritage Month. Many of these books were published a handful of years ago, but as such high quality, they deserve to remain on parents, educators, caregivers, and librarians radar.

One such book is a Creek Indian tale called, The Otter, the Spotted Frog and the Great Flood by Gerald Hausman and beautifully illustrated by Ramon Shiloh.

The Otter, the Spotted Frog and the Great Flood \

In this story, the spotted frog announces to the world that a great flood is coming which will destroy all of their homes. All of the animals ignore the spotted frog’s warning, except an otter named Listener.

Ridiculed by all the other animals, Listener heeds Spotted Frog’s warnings and begins to build a raft to try and survive the coming flood.

As the story progresses and Listener survives the flood, he learns via a mosquito and a fish about his future wife who becomes “First Woman.\”

Listener the Otter, and First Woman the mosquito turned to fish, both become the first two-legged beings to walk on earth.

From that time on, the earth was good to them and they always listened to Spotted Frog, who everyone knew was the frog who saved the world by singing.

Our family and friends alike have greatly loved this book. First, because the story is told brilliantly by Gerald Hausman. It uses simple and concise language while sharing the story in a simple manner. Also part of this storytelling adventure is the exquisite paintings and illustrations of Ramon Shiloh. There is a nice even flow between story and text forming a single cohesive unit of storytelling magic.

Happy Reading!

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