Iktomi and the Berries

Author/Illustrator: Paul Goble

Publisher: Orchard Books

Publication Date: 1989

Genre: Folktale

Audience: Pre-K-2

Overview: Caldecott Medalist Paul Gobel re-tells the Plains Indian folk tale of Iktomi, which is a Sioux name meaning spider. In this story Iktomi goes out to hunt for food. He sees red berries in the water, wants to pick them to eat, but can’t figure out how to get them out of the water. Iktomi must continue to try to get the berries to take home to his family. There is a great lesson at the end of the story.

Activity: Students can draw a picture of Iktomi trying to get the berries out of the water.

Reviewer’s Name: Paula Pavon