dePaola, T. (1983). The legend of the bluebonnet. NY: Putnam.
The Legend of the Bluebonnet is a folktale about how the bluebonnet came to be. She-who-is-alone sacrifices her prized possession, her warrior doll, to The Great Spirits in order to save her people from drought. After she throws her doll into the fire, she then spread the ashes and bluebonnets and rain appear. Her people then realize how much she sacrificed and how much she cares for them because of this great sacrifice.
Visual Elements of Art:
The Legend of the Bluebonnet shows basic, muted colors for most of story which represents the color scheme that most Comanches were exposed to during the time the story is set. When the bluebonnets finally bloom into beautiful fields of blue, the Comanches finally see hope for their future. The color blue represents this hope.
The Legend of the Bluebonnet is a folktale about how the bluebonnet came to be, so it is a look specifically into the Native American culture. The illustrations as well as words give the reader a glimpse into Comanche life. She-who-is-alone sacrifices her prized possession, her warrior doll, to The Great Spirits in order to save her people from drought. Just reading that sentence, the reader can see the Native American name and the idea of the supernatural Great Spirits. This folktale not only explains how a flower came to be in Texas, but it also allows the reader some insight into a different culture.