Jennifer Berry Jones
A transplanted Easterner (with Western roots) who now considers North Dakota home, Jennifer Berry Jones moved from the Carolinas 25 years ago. Living in the Dakotas rekindled a longtime interest in the Plains and Western history. Her first children’s book, Heetunka‘s Harvest: A Tale of the Plains Indians, was published in 1995. It was endorsed by the Council for Indian Education and was a 1997 Flicker Tale Award nominee. A second book, Who Lives in the Snow? (Court Wayne Press, 2001) is an introduction to winter ecology in a Rocky Mountain meadow. From 1976 to 2001, Jones was the head of technical services at the Bismarck Public Library.
Heetunka’s Harvest. Roberts Rinehart Publishers, in conjunction with the Council for Indian Education, 1994.
This authentic Sioux Indian legend illustrates the disastrous conse-quences when greed destroys the balance between humans and nature. In the fall, when Heetunka the Bean Mouse gathers earth beans for her underground storehouse, the women from the tipi encampment come to trade suet or dried green corn for beans. One Dakota woman wants some beans to add to her stew. Disregarding the lessons of her grandmothers, she takes every bean. offering nothing in exchange. That night, she dreams of a spirit scolding her for her selfishness; her greediness returns to haunt her when a fierce prairie fire destroys her tipi. This authentic Native American legend is handsomely illustrated with detailed. Evocative color paintings by the award-winning artist Shannon Keegan.
Also by Jennifer Berry Jones: Who Lives in the Snow? Court Wayne Press, 2001.