How Chipmunk Got His Stripes

How Chipmunk Got His Stripes


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Bear brags that he can do anything-even stop the sun from rising. Brown Squirrel doesn't believe him, so the two wait all night to see if the sun will rise. Sure enough, the sky reddens and the sun appears. Brown Squirrel is so happy to be right that he teases Bear. What happens when a little brown squirrel teases a big black bear? Brown Squirrel gets stripes and is called chipmunk from that day forward . . . Joseph and James Bruchac join forces to create this buoyant picture book, based on a Native American folktale.

Illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142500217
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/14/2003
Series: Picture Puffin Books
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 305,367
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.11(d)
Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Joseph Bruchac is a highly acclaimed children’s book author, poet, novelist, and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review toNational Geographic and Parabola. He has authored many books for adults and children, including Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War TwoSkeleton Man, and The Heart of a Chief.

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How Chipmunk Got His Stripes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
irisdovie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My daughter and I enjoyed this book because of the teasing and bragging and what happened because of it. I would use this book to teach young children like kindergartners or pre-schoolers the consequences of teasing or bragging.
Kcarline143 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A squirrel and a bear have a bet that the sun won't come up or will. All the animals gathered around to see who was right. The sun rose and squirrel taunted the bear. The bear wanted to eat him for being so mean.nyhe squiirrel got away and went in the burrow until spring. When the squirrel came out he had stripes and became the chipmunk that watched the sun rise every morning.
lekenned on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A folktale about how a chipmunk got its stripes. Bear braggs that he can do anything, even stop the sun from rising. The animals wait up all night to see if Bear has power over the sun. When the sun still rises in the morning, chipmunk starts to tease Bear. Chipmunk barely escapes Bears paw and was left with a little reminder why he should never tease other animals.
derbygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(fable) In this fable, we learn how chipmunk got his stripes. Bear is exersizing his bragging rights. Brown squirrel calls him on it, and asks Bear if he can control the sun rising, which of course Bear says he can. The two sit on a log all night long, quibbling back and forth about what will happen the next morning. By dawn, several forest animals have gathered to see the outcome and of course, the day is greeted with sunshine. Brown Squirrel teases Bear, even though his grandmother has said never to tease someone when they turn out wrong, and Bear's retaliation(scratching his sharp claws down squirrel's back) creates Brown Squirrel's stripe, making him a chipmunk. I gave this book 5 stars because not only does it have most necessary elements of a story, but my children truly enjoyed the oral reading. They giggled all the way through and relished the different voices I used for each animal character. Best of all, when I asked them at the end of the book what it was about they got it right on and named both lessons to be learned. Do not tease someone when they are wrong and No one can do everything.