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“The Story of Running Deer and Her Tribe” by Liora Tabak, Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School
K-2 Spotlight, Elementary Level, 2023
The Story of Running Deer and Her Tribe
Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School
Once upon a time, there was a girl. Her name was Running Deer, and her tribe was called the tribe of Jumping Fish. She could not sew. Her mother could not sew. So she set off to learn how to sew. She took water and meat with her. She came to the tribe of Rushing Water. She gave them her meat. They taught her how to sew. She sent a man named Rising Sun to tell her tribe that she knew how to sew. Her tribe was excited and came to the tribe of Rushing Water because she knew how to sew. They would pay her to get their clothes made.
On their way home to the tribe of Jumping Fish, suddenly they took a wrong turn and got lost! Out of the corner of her eye, Running Deer spotted a magic bunny that could lead them home. The magical bunny looked coffee-brown with blue eyes. It had the power to see everywhere so it could tell where the camp was. It cost a pair of bunny socks, bunny hats, bunny pants, and bunny shirts to lead them home. The bunny asked for blue and purple clothes. Quickly, her father hunted some deer so that she could make clothes for the bunny. She also used plants and bark to make the clothes. Finally, she used coloring dyes to color the clothes—she did not have purple so she used pink. Good thing Running Deer just learned how to sew! The bunny was happy and showed them the way. Finally they got home.
For dinner they had Running Deer’s favorite: rose hip tea and deer meat. Her brother, Walking Deer, and her sister, Shining Moon, also liked rose hip tea and deer meat. Shining Moon helped Running Deer collect rose hips, while Walking Deer hunted deer. Finally, they ate.