Winner of the 2018 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association Winner of the 2018 Skipping Stones Honor Award for Multicultural and International Books
When Kameron moves to his grandma's sheep camp on the Navajo Reservation, he leaves behind his cell phone reception and his friends. The young boy's world becomes even stranger when Kameron takes the sheep out to the local windmill and meets an old storyteller. As the seasons turn, the old man weaves eight tales that teach the deeper story of the Diné country and the Diné people.
Jim Kristofic grew up on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona. He has written for The Navajo Times, Arizona Highways, Native Peoples Magazine, and High Country News. He is the author of Medicine Women: The Story of the First Native American Nursing School and Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life. He lives in Taos, New Mexico.
Nolan Karras James is an artist, songwriter, powwow dancer, guitarist, and former rodeo cowboy from Piñon, Arizona. His father is Many Goats Clan (Tł'izi Lání) and his mother is Apache (Chíshí).
"The tales plunge readers into Navajo lore. . . . Chapterbook readers will devour it, but don't overlook the opportunity to read it out loud, preferably while snuggling."
--New Mexico Magazine
"This collection of stories is reminiscent of Aesop's fables."
"These tales capture the humor and themes of traditional Diné literature. . . . The collection resonates with deep cultural authenticity."--Enrique Lamadrid, author of Juan the Bear and the Water of Life: La Acequia de Juan del Oso
"A wonderful set of stories that encompass the past, present, and future of the Navajos. It encourages [readers] to be determined, disciplined, and motivated as they move through life and make stories of their own."--Edison Eskeets, Diné runner, artist, educator, and first Diné trader at Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
Shįįgo--Summer Black Sheep, White Crow The Animals Who Wanted to Be What They Were Not
'Aak'eedgo--Autumn The Rattling Bones The Ring with Three Stones
Haigo--Winter The Heart of a Rider The Ugly Dog
Dąągo--Spring The Boy Who Became Coyote The Flint Bear