- Audrey Wood, Robert Florczak (Illustrator)
- Paperback: 32 pages
- 12" x 9" x 0.2"
- Ages: 4 to 7
- Grade Level: Preschool to 3
For thousands of years the Chumash Indians occupied an area of the central California coast from what is now Los Angeles northward to San Luis Obispo County. Their unusual creation myth recalls how Hutash the earth goddess helped the Chumash people when they became too numerous for her island off the coast. In this reverential retelling, Audrey Wood captures the spirit of that tale. She reveals the fantastical way Hutash accomplishes the dangerous task of sending half of the Chumash people to the land across the water - and saves some of them from drowning by transforming them into dolphins.