Brad Wagnon

The Land of the Great Turtles

Softcover
Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 14 customer ratings
(15 customer reviews)

The Land of the Great Turtles is a colorful and fun retelling of a traditional Cherokee story, meant to be read aloud – to continue the age-old tradition of sharing between generations.

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Description

When the Creator gave the Cherokee people a beautiful island with everything they could ever need, it came with only one rule – to take care of the land and the animals living there. But, what happens when the children decide to play instead of taking care of their responsibilities?

The Land of the Great Turtles is a colorful and fun retelling of a well-known Cherokee story, meant to be read aloud – to continue the age-old tradition of sharing between generations.


Praise for The Land of the Great Turtles

“Responsibilities and loyalties to your customs and your people are paramount to the Cherokee Indians. Consequences happen when you go astray as you will learn in this story. The pictures and illustrations help to show the fear in the children when they realize what they did and that they will pay for their wrong doings. The faces of the parents show fear but will they in the future explain to their children that they have to follow the rules and they will have consequences if they don’t? Family loyalties, hope, fear, relationships and a great book to teach children about the Cherokee Indians, listening to the rules, responsibility and understanding and not following someone that does the wrong thing because it looks like fun. A great book for children and young middle school children to read. Added in they might create their own ending to the story or what they think the Creator should have done or not done to the people on this island.” —Fran Lewis, Just Reviews / MJ Magazine, author, educator, and radio host

“‏We’re proud of Cherokee Nation employees Brad Wagnon & Alex Stephenson, who collaborated on a Cherokee cultural children’s book, The Land of the Great Turtles. Amazing illustrations.” —Cherokee Nation

Interview — “Don’t miss this interview with Cherokee Nation citizen Brad Wagnon about his The Land of the Great Turtles featuring a traditional Cherokee story.” —Traci Sorell for Cynsations


About the Author

Brad Wagnon is a Cherokee storyteller. He works for the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, as a technical assistance specialist for Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach.

 

About the Illustrator

Alex Stephenson writes and illustrates children’s books as well as comics. He works for the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, as a licensed professional counselor for W. W. Hastings Hospital.

Additional information

Writer

Brad Wagnon

Illustrator

Alex Stephenson

ISBN

978-1-939054-90-6

Trim size

8.5″ x 8.5″

Page count

40

BISAC

Children’s Books
• Geography & Cultures
• Multicultural Stories
• Native North & South Americans

Children’s Books
• Animals
• Turtles

Children’s Books
• Fairy Tales
• Folk Tales & Myths
• United States

Audience

Age range
• 4 to 9

Grade range
• K through 4th

Format

Softcover

Lexile

Estimated Lexile:
• Lexile Measure: 600L – 700L
• Mean Sentence Length: 15.13
• Mean Log Word Frequency: 3.93
• Word Count: 681 (not including front and back matter)

15 reviews for The Land of the Great Turtles

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    JQon

    A Wonderful Gift – Preserving history through storytelling!!!!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel R. Dauseon

    Great book – Great illustrations and a really great book.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Regina L. Mc Lemoreon

    The lesson taught and the illustrations were beautiful. I recommend it to my fellow Cherokees of … Although this is a children’s book, it is closely related to the Cherokee migration story. The lesson taught and the illustrations were beautiful. I recommend it to my fellow Cherokees of all ages and to anyone who loves a good story.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    William R Bennetton

    Great!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Becki Hon

    Beautiful illustrations. Wonderful story. Beautiful illustrations. Wonderful story. Kids had it out of the box and were reading it before I had the tape completely off the box.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shelly Stephensonon

    I loved this book – I loved this book! Alex and Brad did a wonderful job bringing this Cherokee story to life. It is perfect for kids to learn about the culture and history of the Cherokee Nation.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rusty Hensonon

    Another home run written by Wagnon. His ability to capture Cherokee tradition is unrivaled as he brings alive yet another Cherokee story that has been preserved by our ancestors. Kudos to Brad for his dedication to keep alive the stories of the Cherokee People that have been handed down for generations!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephen Highers

    Wonderful Children’s Book – Absolutely one of the best children’s books we’ve ever bought. Tells a wonderful Cherokee story, with beautiful illustration, that has great meaning for everyone.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lorilea625

    Well written and illustrated! A well written and illustrated book about a compelling Cherokee story. I enjoyed the book so much I bought copies for my friends to read to their children and grandchildren. Highly recommend!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Charlene Caldwell

    Great book.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Hall

    Five Stars – This is a great book regarding Cherokee culture!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carole Duffey

    Whoa! This children’s book is easy to read and easy to comprehend. The illustrations follow the book and are very cullturally accurate. I love my book and will be sharing it with my nieces, nephews, and eventually children! The Cherokee beliefs and stories are a dying culture. I hope to see more books such as this one come out in the future! I will definitely be a repeat customer!

  13. Fran Lewis

    Editorial Review – Responsibilities and loyalties to your customs and your people are paramount to the Cherokee Indians. The Cherokee people lived on an island surrounded by salty water. They were blessed by having been able to live on this special island and wanting for nothing as everything and anything they needed was provided. But, things in life are not free and all that was asked of them by the Creator was that they care for the animals that inhabited the island. One animal that lived there was one of my favorite animals, the Turtle. These were called Great Turtles and each year the Turtles would dig giant holes in the sand for their eggs and this would tire them out.

    Children at times get curious and even though they are employed and told to care for the turtle’s one young man could not resist straying from the rules. While their parents were tending to other tasks and the smaller children the older ones were told their jobs. One day one of the children decided while watching the Turtles fooling around in the water he climbed on the one of the backs of the big Turtles not listening when the others told him to stop. While he was playing with the Turtle the others were afraid that something bad would happen. When nothing did you won’t believe what happens next! They continued for years to disregard what the Creator expected of them and then one day something did happen that might teach everyone a lesson they would never forget. Even their parents warned them to be aware that by not caring for the Turtles something would happen but they did not listen and the parents did not give them any consequences. When the Creator asks you to do something you had better heed his warnings and do as you are told. When the children decided to play on the backs of the Turtles something happened and they could not swim to shore. They yelled and screamed for help but no one heard their cries or came to help them. Their parents searched and searched for them but they were gone. What would they do and would anyone come to explain what happened to their children? An adult came and called a meeting and gave the parents a choice: You can remain on the island or get your children back! Your choice but you have to leave here with only three things if you decide you want your children back if not they will remain gone. What did they decide to do? Will they teach them a lesson and remain on the Island with everything they could ever want? Would they leave with three things and get their children back? The message was from the Creator delivered by this man. What would they decide and what would happen to the Island if they left is something you will have to learn for yourself.

    Responsibilities are important and everyone needs to fill their roles and do their jobs. Consequences happen when you go astray as you will learn in this story. The pictures and illustrations help to show the fear in the children when they realize what they did and that they will pay for their wrong doings. The faces of the parents show fear but will they in the future explain to their children that they have to follow the rules and they will have consequences if they don’t? Family loyalties, hope, fear, relationships and a great book to teach children about the Cherokee Indians, listening to the rules, responsibility and understanding and not following someone that does the wrong thing because it looks like fun. A great book for children and young middle school children to read. Added in they might create their own ending to the story or what they think the Creator should have done or not done to the people on this island.

    —Fran Lewis, Just Reviews / MJ Magazine, author, educator, and radio host

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    AW

    Cherokee storytelling passed down to younger generations – Great way to pass down the Cherokee Tradition of story telling! The illustrations are beautiful too. Can’t wait for more stories to be published!!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nick Sutherland

    Great book. My girls loved it.

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