Friday, April 20, 2012

storm boy

This week the primary classes enjoyed listening to the beautifully illustrated book, Storm Boy by Paul Owen Lewis. Although not a traditional aboriginal story, the author drew upon extensive research of aboriginal stories of the Pacific Northwest and utilized features such as a hero leaving on a journey, participating in a personal transformation and then returning home.

This is an award-winning book and proceeds from the sale of the book are donated to a Haida youth organization.

The students enjoyed acting out the story!
(photos from divisions 8 and 11)

The chief son's was out fishing by himself when a storm arose.

The boy fell down through the water and found himself outside of a village with big buildings and big people and a strange sky above. The people welcomed him to their village.

The chief of the village taught the boy their songs and dances.

And then the boy taught the people the songs and dances from his village.
The boy began to miss his home so the chief gave the boy his staff and asked him to hold on tight and close his eyes. The villagers transformed into orcas and carried the boy back to his village.

The boy woke up on the beach in front of his village. 
His mother leaned over him and welcomed him home.

The villagers all danced and celebrated the return of the chief's son!

~Ms Novakowski

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