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The Magic of Spider Woman

(1996)
A Picture Book by

 
Duncan blends several versions of a Navajo myth for this relatively abstract moral tale. When the Fourth World is created, the girl who will be Weaving Woman misses the lessons in leading a balanced life the rest of the People receive. Spider Woman later teaches her how to weave, and warns her not to spend too much time at it. But she becomes obsessed with weaving a beautiful blanket-and her spirit gets trapped in it. Spider Woman herself has to pull a strand of wool loose to free her. To this day, Navajo weavers leave a "spirit pathway" in their blankets, "so the spirit of the weaver will not be imprisoned by its beauty." As in Begay's Ma'ii and Cousin Horned Toad, the graceful figures of the characters appear on dappled backgrounds, brightly colored against pastoral Western landscapes during happy times, darker and often spooky as Weaving Woman traps herself. Duncan's tale carries a thoughtful message, grounded in well-chosen details and adeptly relayed through her personable storytelling. Ages 6-9.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2000 : USA Library Binding
Title: The Magic Of Spider Woman (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Lois Duncan
ISBN: 0-613-31439-5 / 978-0-613-31439-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
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October 2000 : USA Turtleback
Title: Magic of Spider Woman
Author(s): Lois Duncan, Shonto Begay
ISBN: 0-606-19576-9 / 978-0-606-19576-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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May 1996 : USA Library Binding
Title: The Magic of Spider Woman
Author(s): Lois Duncan, Shonto Begay
ISBN: 0-590-46095-1 / 978-0-590-46095-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Trade
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March 1996 : USA Library Binding
Title: The Magic of Spider Woman
Author(s): Lois Duncan
ISBN: 0-590-46155-9 / 978-0-590-46155-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Trade
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Paperback Editions

September 2000 : USA Paperback
Title: The Magic Of Spider Woman
Author(s): Lois Duncan
ISBN: 0-590-46156-7 / 978-0-590-46156-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
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Kindle Editions

August 2015 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Magic of Spider Woman
Author(s): Lois Duncan
Publisher: StarWalk Kids Media
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November 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Magic of Spider Woman
Author(s): Lois Duncan
Publisher: StarWalk Kids Media
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