Book of Nature Myths cover

Book of Nature Myths

Florence Holbrook (1860-1932)

1. The Story of the First Humming Bird
2. The Story of the First Butterflies
3. The Story of the First Woodpecker
4. Why the Woodpecker's Head is Red
5. Why the Cat always falls upon her Feet
6. Why the Swallow's Tail is Forked
7. Why the White Hares have Black Ears
8. Why the Magpie's Nest is not well built
9. Why the Raven's Feathers are Black
10. How Fire was brought to the Indians
11. How the Quail became a Snipe
12. Why the Serpent sheds his skin
13. Why the Dove is Timid
14. Why the Parrot repeats the Words of Men
15. The Story of the First Mocking Bird
16. Why the Tail of the Fox has a White Tip
17. The Story of the first Frogs
18. Why the Rabbit is Timid
19. Why the Peetweet cries for Rain
20. Why the Bear has a Short Tail
21. Why the Wren flies Close to the Earth
22. Why the Hoofs of the Deer are Split
23. The Story of the First Grasshopper
24. The Story of the Oriole
25. Why the Peacock's Tail has a Hundred Eyes
26. The Story of the Bees and the Flies
27. The Story of the First Moles
28. The Story of the First Ants
29. The Face of the Manito
30. The Story of the First Diamonds
31. The Story of the First Pearls
32. The Story of the First Emeralds
33. Why the Evergreen Trees never lose their Leaves
34. Why the Aspen Leaves tremble
35. How the Blossoms came to the Heather
36. How Flax was given to Men
37. Why the Juniper has Berries
38. Why the Sea is Salt
39. The Story of the First Whitefish
40. Was it the First Turtle?
41. Why the Crocodile has a Wide Mouth
42. The Story of the Picture on the Vase
43. Why the Water in Rivers is never Still
44. How the Raven helped Men
45. The Story of the Earth and Sky
46. How Summer came to the Earth
47. The Story of the First Snowdrops
48. Why the Face of the Moon is White
49. Why all Men love the Moon
50. Why there is a Hare in the Moon
51. The Children in the Moon
52. Why is there a Man in the Moon
53. The Twin Stars
54. The Lantern and the Fan

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Summary

This is a book of myths told by the Indians of North America to their children. They could be compared to present day Fairy Tales.