“Let us remember that love lives through sacrifice and is nourished by giving. Without sacrifice, there is no love.” – St. Maximilian Kolbe
AR4.2 [0.5 points]
Review and Comments
The Legend of the Bluebonnet is definitely my favorite Tomie dePaola book. This beautiful story shows how the selfless giving of an ordinary, little Comanche girl accomplishes something quite extraordinary and saves her people.
The Comanche people, especially the young and old, are suffering greatly during what seems like an endless drought. They pray to the Great Spirits and ask what they must do to end this devastating trial. The shaman also prays to the Great Spirits, and when he returns from his private prayer time, he tells them the drought is a result of their selfishness. They must sacrifice their most valued possessions as an offering, and then spread the ashes to the points of the earth. If they do this, the drought and famine will end. The People are relieved they have an answer. They acknowledge their most prized possessions and talk about why each article is special, but in the end each person decides that the Great Spirits surely isn’t asking forhis or her particular item.Continue reading Emptying Oneself: A Review of ‘The Legend of Bluebonnet’