Coyote and the Turtle's Dream Author:Terry Lofton In the original Eagle books stories, Rain and his friends were about 6 years old. However in this new story, they are entering the 7th grade. Once again, the eagle give a warning to Rain, but this time it is about the disappearance of water on their reservation. Never forgetting the health messages taught to them by the eagle, the kids embark... more » on a mystery/adventure to solve a riddle about ancient fossils that will restore the water's flow.
In 2005, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Native Diabetes Wellness Program introduced elementary school children in American Indian/Alaska Native communities to the Eagle books. These stories, beautifully written by Georgia Perez, quickly became popular and loved by both national and international audiences.
If you haven't read the four original Eagle books and would like to request free copies for your family, just go to our website http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/projects/diabetes-wellness.htm). We think you'll find the illustrations by Patrick Rolo and Lisa Fifield amazing - especially the drawings of the eagle. Plus, you can see what the characters in this book looked like when they were little children.
We decided to develop another book about Rain that Dances, Thunder Cloud (Boomer to his friends), Little Hummingbird and Simon to reveal how talking with an eagle (not to mention a rabbit and a coyote) changed their lives in intriguing ways as they grew up. Rain and his friends know a lot about diabetes. In fact, in this story, they have a new friend, Arianna, who has type 1 diabetes. She teaches the children how eating healthy and being active can help people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. You will also learn how our young heroes have been helping people in their community eat healthy traditional foods. Oh, did we mention that the eagle comes back and involves the kids in an adventure about a ring of fossil poachers who are stealing the bones of an ancient turtle? Well, you'll just have to read the story to find out how they use science and a great-grandmother's knowledge to restore harmony to their community.« less