TWO BEAR CUBS:
A Miwok Legend form California's Yosemite Valley
Retold by Robert D. San Souci
Illustrated by Daniel San Souci
Order book from Heyday Books
Publication Date: October, 1997
[Ages 4-9] hardcover
36 pages; 9.5 inches x 10.5 inches
full color illustrations
Here is a delightful
retelling of an authentic Southern Sierra Miwok legend concerning the origin
of Yosemite Valley's El Capitan rock. Mother Grizzly Bear thinks that her two
playful cubs are wrestling and having fun along the Merced River in Yosemite
Valley while she is checking her fish traps. When she returns to join the cubs
are nowhere to be found.
All the animal people
of the village search vainly for the missing bears, until Red-tailed Hawk has
located them high atop a huge granite rock on the valley's rim. Hoping to rescue
the cubs, each of the animals in turn tries to scale the vertical wall, but
each fails. The fate of the young bears rests with tiny Measuring Worm, who
is the last to attemp to climb the hulking rock.
In this story about the value of all beings, the nature of courage, and other themes, masterfully retold by Robert D. San Souci and wonderfully illustrated by Daniel San Souci, young readers will discover how the bear cubs are saved, learn the traditional Miwok tale of how a rock grew to become one of Yosemite's most famous landmarks, and come to realize that being a hero has very little to do with one's size. Includes notes about the Miwok, related reading, and Internet resources for teachers.
A Selection of
the California Readers
2006 & 2007 California Collections (Elementary School)
D. San Souci is the author of over sixty children's books. His brother,
Daniel San Souci has illustrated some forty
books, several of them written by Robert. Their work together and separately
has earned an array of publishing awards, from Caldecott
and Coretta Scott King Honor Books to N.Y.Times "Best Illustrated Picture
To view the book and listen to a reading of the story visit this link to the Yosemite Association's TWO BEAR CUBS.
Information on a Special Limited Edition of TWO BEAR CUBS is available at the Children's Pages.
To find out more about the Miwok of California in connectin with TWO BEAR CUBS: A MIWOK LEGEND FROM CALIFORNIA'S YOSEMITE VALLEY check out the following websites: