Love Flute

by Paul Goble

Hardcover, 1992



Local notes

398.2 Gob




Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (1992), Edition: 1st ed, Hardcover, 32 pages


A gift to a shy young man from the birds and animals helps him to express his love to a beautiful girl.

Physical description

32 p.; 8.5 x 0.75 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member inglesby
The animals and birds give a flute to a shy boy, who then expresses his love to a young girl. A very charming and loving story.
LibraryThing member sroeck
There is a young man who is to shy to talk to the girl he loves. He grows despondent and leaves his village. As he is walking a magical arrow leads him to an aspen forest where two Elk Men give him a flute which will speak to the girl for him through its music. As the man walks back to his village,
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he listens to all the natural sounds around him and make his own melodies. When he arrives back home, he plays the flute and the girl he loves knew it was for her and she loves him too. The illustrations show a different flute on every page. These flutes are drawings from real flutes and they are very intricate and beautiful. You can see the tipi’s and other aspects of their lives. This Indian village lived with nature and it shows in their hair pieces and blankets. They dress and actions have a lot of symbolism.
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LibraryThing member kjarthur
Another vivid book that shares the longing and desires of young man to woo the woman of his dreams.
Beautiful illustrations of sixteen flutes.
A beautiful story of vindication.
LibraryThing member bcowie
A retelling of a Santee Dakota myth, this book tells of a boy who leaves his village because he is unable to tell the girl he loves about his feelings for her. While he is away, he is visited by mystical people who give him a love flute to help him woo the girl he loves.

The illustrations in this
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book are wonderful, and the story is sweet. I enjoyed this book a lot.

I would use this book in a unit in which we talk about the different myths in different cultures like Greek and Roman gods as well as native american creation myths.
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LibraryThing member CaittBitt
The main idea of Love Flute is to follow your heart. The arrow that the young man shot up into the air without meaning represented his heart guiding him where to go and what to do. Soon enough he found himself back at his camp, and was able to over come his shyness and communicate with the girl in
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his own way. This is a valuable lesson for children because it volumes about how to be true to yourself, and your hopes and dreams.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
A nice enough story, with appealing artwork, and Goble has a reputation for research.  However, the author's note is incomplete, and I don't think this can be used to teach Native American history.  After all, who are these people?  Are they Lakota, or Apache, or what?  Readers who want to hear
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native flute music are directed to Kevin Locke, who is Lakota.
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LibraryThing member librisissimo
Goble includes a brief forward about the legend of the Native American love flutes, followed by a fictionalized version of the story. Illustrations are in the style of Native traditions.




½ (11 ratings; 3.6)
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