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A beautiful tale of the painted turtle Makinauk, his animal friends, and their discovery of new lands and long-lasting friendship....

Title : The Legend of Mackinac Island
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ISBN : 9781886947122
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 395 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Legend of Mackinac Island Reviews

  • Diz
    2019-03-20 23:59

    The illustrations are beautiful. However, the story has a slow pace. Animal lovers would like this though.

  • Vicki
    2019-04-11 01:09

    a sweet story and beautiful illustrations

  • Lizzy Skalski
    2019-03-21 22:00

    This book was a very fun read! I would classify it under traditional literature as it is a retelling of a legend. One unique feature of this book is its illustrations, they are made to look like paintings on a canvas. You can see the brush strokes in the images, it is stunning. I feel that this book would be appropriate for grades 1-5.

  • David Christian
    2019-04-03 23:57

    If I learned one thing in college, it was just how significant the turtle is to almost every culture on Earth. What’s fascinating is that despite their distant geographical location, countries in Asia, the North American Midwest, and South America, to name a few, all have some type of creation myth which involves an enormous turtle. The Legend of Mackinac Island is a beautifully illustrated retelling of such a tale.Long ago, the animals lived happily together in an oceanic golden age. The animals had a great friend in the turtle, Makinauk, who would allow the animals to rest on her back when they grew tired. However, one day a great spirit told Makinauk that she should create a safe haven for the animals from a handful of earth which lay hidden deep in the cold murky waters below. The animals begin to volunteer to fetch the earth for Makinauk, and so the great creation legend begins.I don’t want to spoil the entire story, but the book is not exceptionally well written anyway besides a few lines of thoughtful poetry; the real gem to be found here are the gorgeous paintings and the book’s beautiful binding. Creation legends are some of my favorite stories, my favorite being Ovid’s Metamorphoses. My greatest memories from camp growing up are telling such tales around the camp fire while beating the life from grapefruit-sized bloodsucking insects.

  • Traci Bold
    2019-03-25 01:47

    This beautifully told legend, 'The Legend of Mackinac island' is close to my neck of the woods so I was intrigued immediately to pick it up and read it.Kathy-jo Wargin and Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen tell the legend behind how Mackinac Island came to be.The wise painted turtle, Makinauk, had a vision of how life for the animals would be easier once there was land for them to rest on. Thus far, there was only a sea of blue water and the animals tired easily, getting rest only when they sat atop Makinauk's great back. Makinauk's sincerity, wisdom and selflessness were the necessary tools needed to create Mackinac Island as this story says.Read on to learn more.Published by Sleeping Bear Press.

  • Sarah Jarvis
    2019-04-15 01:05

    I remember hearing this part creation myth part legend in my Intro to Ojibwe Culture and History class. I remember thinking it was a beautiful story then, but I couldn't have imagined how much just the right wording and absolutely awe-inspiring illustration could improve it. This story reminds us to never underestimate those around us, even the "least" of us are capable of performing incredible, even miraculous feats. Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!

  • Marmot
    2019-04-08 02:52

    My 5 year old liked this book more than I did. An interesting legend of how land came to be. The illustrations were fabulous - I loved all the vibrant, sunset colours.

  • Sarah Jackson
    2019-03-23 05:08

    A good story of some water animals and the relationship they have with Mackinauc the turtle and his sacrifice to provide land.

  • Kim
    2019-03-31 23:10

    It's okay. The drawing is excellent. Not one of my favorite stories of how the island is formed. Although the thought of providing for your loved ones is always appreciated.