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Joseph Bruchac Author Study Jeremiah Shrode EDRD 6344 Author/Illustrator Study 12/05/05
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Joseph Bruchac Rationale for Topic In selecting an author to study for this particular project, I wanted to choose an author who depicted their culture and folklore to the best of their ability. I felt it was important for the stories to be authentic, and for the pictures that I put with the words being written reflect that culture. I wanted to choose an author who would do these things in his/her writing. In looking for this type of author, I came across some stories by Joseph Bruchac that I felt did just what I mentioned above. I actually was able to choose this author out of the research that I did for my reading response logs. There were several other reasons that I chose Joseph Bruchac as well. According to Harris (1997), Joseph Bruchac and all of his books are recommended as sources with accurate information from a Native American perspective. His work has also been well received by the Native American community and by critics outside of the Indian community (p. 170). I also wanted to choose an author who had a lot to offer multicultural literature. Joseph Bruchac has done just that with the books that he has published, the awards he has won, and the appearances that he makes as a storyteller. His background, books and awards will be discussed in greater detail later in the paper, but he has used these to appear in over four hundred journals and anthologies, which have been translated into several different languages (Harris, 1997, p. 170). Along with those reasons, I also had some personal reasons for choosing Joseph Bruchac. I enjoy Native American folk lore and stories. I have always had an interest in their history and stories. Part of my reason for choosing this author was that I felt he did
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a great job of depicting some of the stories that I had already heard. I enjoyed his stories and the manner in which he told them. Those are some of the reasons that I chose to do my author/illustrator study on Joseph Bruchac. He is a great author and storyteller, and I felt his life and works warranted further study. Biographical Sketch Joseph Bruchac was born on October 16, 1942 in Saratoga Springs, NY. He is of Abenaki, Slovak, and English ancestry. According to Day (1999), Joseph Bruchac most strongly identifies with his Abenaki heritage, which came to him from his maternal grandfather (p. 33). Bruchac grew up in the small town of Greenfield Center, New York, which is in the foothills of the Adirondacks not far from the city of Saratoga Springs. Bruchac states in an interview with Scholastic Inc (n.d.), “It is a place I love, close to the forests and the mountains” (scholastic.com, authors and books section, Joseph Bruchac biography). Bruchac was raised by his grandparents in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.
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