Morning Girl

by Michael Dorris

Paperback, 1992


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J Do 1492


Hyperion (1992), 74 pages


Morning Girl, who loves the day, and her younger brother Star Boy, who loves the night, take turns describing their life on an island in pre-Columbian America; in Morning Girl's last narrative, she witnesses the arrival of the first Europeans to her world.

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LibraryThing member alcrivello
Lovely story told in two perspectives, that of Morning Girl and her brother Star Boy. Insight into life on an island in the Bahamas in 1492.
LibraryThing member Camethyste
Morning Girl and Star Boy are children living a simple life with their family in the Bahamas just before Christopher Columbus arrives. An interesting story, and a fast read.
LibraryThing member jadepumpsthejams
Set in 1492, Morning Girl and Star boy alternately narrate snippets of their lives. The Taino siblings are vastly different from each other, almost living in seperate worlds-- day and night. Beautiful story about a family and Taino culture right before European contact.
LibraryThing member tspeavy
Morning Girl, who loves the day, and her younger brother, Star Boy, who loves the night, take turns describing their life on a Caribbean island just before Columbus lands. This book is good for a 4th grader
LibraryThing member suefitz1
Very cute and simple story
LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
Set in 1492, 12-year old Morning Girl and her younger brother Star boy alternately narrate snippets of their lives prior to Columbus' arrival in the Bahamas.
LibraryThing member DonnaMarieMerritt
Published in 1992, but I'd never read it until I came across it in our school library. It was a sweet, simple, slender story about natives on an island—until I got to the epilogue. That last page and a half put everything into perspective.
LibraryThing member fingerpost
The setting in the Bahamian island where Columbus landed in 1492. We are with one family of the people who live on that island, with alternating chapters narrated by Morning Girl, and her younger brother, Star Boy. Though the two children have distinct personalities, they do not have different
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voices in writing, which was a downside. Each short chapter is a small story in the life of the children and their parents. At the end of the book, the last section is a letter from Christopher Columbus, speaking of how easily these people on this island will be converted to Christianity and made useful servants (i.e. slaves).

For most of the book, I found it a little dull, but the ending, knowing what we know today of the results of Columbus' intrusion into the Americas, made this little book more meaningful, albeit in a sad and tragic way.
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74 p.


0590995006 / 9780590995009


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