Booking Across the USA (learning about the US through books) is a collaborative blogging project created by Jodie from Growing Book By Book. Each of the participating bloggers are showcasing a book and activity related to their state: all 50 states are represented!!! Children’s literature is a fun way to bring history, culture, and geography alive and to learn about the US through “armchair travel.” The book I’ve chosen to represent Texas is Tomie dePaola’s “The Legend of the Bluebonnet.” (affiliate)
If you cannot find the book at your local bookstore or library, listen to this book here. The Legend of the Bluebonnets tells a story of the Comanche American Indians, who lived in the land that is now Texas. A young girl named “She-Who-Is-Alone” is listening to her people decide how to please the Great Spirits, who have caused a great drought and famine. They know they must give up something that is very valuable, but no one has the courage to offer their special possession. In the end, this little girl makes a dear sacrifice to help save her people, and thus the beautiful bluebonnet flowers cover the Texas hills.
1) How did She-Who-Is-Alone feel during the drought and famine?
2) Why did she decide to make the sacrifice?
3) What are some characteristics of She-Who-Is-Alone?
4) Why is the ending bittersweet?
5) What is something that is very valuable that you would sacrifice?
6) “She-Who-Is-Alone” has her name change at the end to “One-Who-Dearly-Loved-Her-People.” Can you think of a name for yourself that describes either your personality or a specific circumstance?
Use your fingerprints to make your own bluebonnets!
Once you’ve learned about Texas, visit the other participating sites to work your way across the United States, book by book! Learning about the US through children’s books brings culture, geography, and history alive. Here are 50+ books and activities- one from every state in the United States!
Learning about the US through Children’s Books & Activities