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The Way to Make Perfect Mountains

Publishers' Weekly
Baylorís lyrical, economical style is ideally suited to such stories as 'Ceremony for Moving Mountains' and each gem in the collection. In 'Ceremony,' the Papagosí medicine men invent magic from 'strong thoughts' and tell the people how to coax the mountains to push back, leaving room for planting in the valley. The story quivers with tension as the mighty peaks give way to faith.
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Tewa, Mohave, Navajo, Taos, and Apache creation myths and other Southwestern Indian tales 'from a time when the world was new' are retold by Baylor in her lean, forthright style. All the stories are linked to mountains held in reverence by the tribes whose stories she tells. Here, as with Baylorís other more personal statements, readers are challenged to respect the land and hear what it has to say.
Joe Hayes, reknowned award winning storyteller
Here, in the firm poetic style that has established her as one of America's finest authors for young readers, Byrd Baylor tells some of the best Native American stories of the Southwestern mountains. As in all her work, her carefully crafted language reveals her love and respect for every part of this desert countryóits people and plants and animals, its ancient stories and its mountains.
Paula Gunn Allen, (Laguna Pueblo) poet and critic
The Way to Make Perfect Mountains is a true story. All people of wit and good sense who have lived among their towering embrace must know that "nothing is as real" or as true as the sacred song the mountains sing. To the people who remember the true stories and give honor to the beautiful mountains, and to Byrd Baylor who collects some of the stories here, dha wah'eh. Thank you.

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