Quillworker - A Cheyenne Legend

Written by Terri Cohlene
Illustrated by Charles Reasoner

Reviewed by Diego M. (age 9)

Quillworker is a Cheyenne Legend about a girl named Quillworker who is an only child. She has a dream to take a trip to the Tipi of Seven Brothers. Even though she was the only girl at the Tipi of Seven Brothers, she was happy there. Then, Buffalo Calf arrived and wanted to take Quillworker to the Buffalo Nation to make all the buffalo beautiful. The seven brothers try to save Quillworker from the buffalo. Many challenges face Quillworker and Wihio.

Quillworker is a good book because it is exciting. The powers Wihio uses to keep Quillworker safe are what legends are made of, literally. The pictures are amazing. The illustrator uses many colors and patterns. He really captures the feeling of the legend. The red of the buffalo's eyes could make anyone feel scared. I also learned about different Cheyenne symbols and enjoyed drawing them. I noticed many of these symbols throughout the pictures in the book. They really tied the legend to real life.

I think this is a great book and would recommend it to anyone. There are amazing pictures, an interesting legend, and true facts about the Cheyenne people to read about at the end of the book. I have read it many times and never get tired of it.

Diego M. is a student in Mrs. Calkin's 3rd Grade Class
2005-2006