In this compelling story of a young Quinnipiac brave named Blackbird, award-winning author Jason J. Marchi and painter Jesse J. Bonelli teamed up to capture the magic and history of a time before our own. Through young Blackbird's eyes we learn the Quinnipiac tribal legend of how the Sleeping Giant land form in Hamden, Connecticut came to look like a giant man sleeping on his back. The story, brought to life with 14 fine art oil paintings, gives us a renewed appreciation of the natural world and shows young readers how Native Americans lived close to the earth and respected the land, air, water, and wildlife. The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping Giant is most decidedly a story worth imparting to our children today; a thrilling story that promotes appreciation for the natural world, history, and folklore. The book is a 2015 REVERE Awards Finalist, a Mom's Choice Silver Recipient, winner of a Connecticut Press Club award, and a Barnes&Noble recognized regional bestseller. The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping Giant is now part of an Educator Literary Guide Package being adopted to elementary school classrooms across the country.
The Legend of Hobbomock is a wonderful book providing an authentic representation of Quinnipiac tribal folklore. [Jason Marchi's] rich storytelling is a great way to introduce elementary-age children to Native American worldview and legend, and to inspire them to observe nature and the explore world around them. Highly recommended.
After reading Jason Marchi’s powerfully captivating tale The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping Giant, the observable connection between the fabric of Native American storytelling traditions and the newly formed structure to complement our current times is evident. It is a wonderful way to share the nearly lost stories and culture of a people who, with much vigor, continue to stir the spirits of the youth through Marchi’s beautiful work. As one will discover, the story begins with a boy; inquisitive and vigilant, almost unwavering in the face of his peoples’ traditions. Blackbird confronts his fears as he comes face to face with the very being that inspired his people, Hobbomock! The beautifully illustrated work conveys the message of how important it truly is to protect and preserve dying elements of a lengthy story-telling tradition.The Legend of Hobbomock is a story of discovery, bravery, and sharing a relationship with one’s surroundings. But, what if these surroundings could rise from the ground as giants once again? Marchi tightly wrapped his tale around the Sleeping Giant of Hamden, Connecticut. When one can stand upon the story itself in literal terms (in this case a mountain), it allows the readers (children & adults alike) to view this thrilling, unforgettable legend of old as being more real. The story is no longer fiction. That feeling is why we continue to read these stories and, most importantly, pass them down from one generation to the next, highlighting and expounding upon the most important areas of the tale. Marchi has successfully accomplished such a seemingly arduous task.A book for children, a book for adults, The Legend of Hobbomock will appeal to all of those who share an unyielding desire to protect stories from being lost to time. Time challenges us and this kind of story reminds us why we have to read as much as we can and, as Crosby, Stills, & Nash once sang, teach your children well. Having The Legend of Hobbomock made available for educational purposes is key for promoting the excitement of history, its past treasures, and all of those forgotten pebbles of stone. But, beware, Hobbomock sleeps within them. To overlook the dedicated research put into this particular story would not be satisfying; Jason Marchi’s passionate approach to creating this stunning, literary retelling is worthy of esteem and remembrance.
Jason Marchi's beloved book The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping Giant is now a 16 minute stills animation video. The video is currently available only to purchasers of the new Educator Literary Guide Package available exclusively from the publisher, Fahrenheit Books. A short preview of the video is available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNz8jO_X-F8