THE LEGEND OF HOBBOMOCK: THE
SLEEPING GIANT was selected as the only Connecticut book to be
featured in Booking Across the USA, which made its debut in
February 2013. Bloggers from all 50 states chose books to
represent their states.
A 2014 Momís Choice Awardsģ Silver Recipient.
Winner of a Connecticut Press Club
Award in 2012 for Children's Fiction. Entries were judged by the Colorado Press Women
to encourage judging impartiality. No winners were awarded by default
and not every category or rank had a winning entry.
This 32 page, hardcover picture storybook
(for ages 6 and up, grades 3 and up, and adults too!) retells the Quinnipiac Native American
pre-colonial legend of how the Sleeping Giant landform in Hamden, Connecticut came
to look like a giant man sleeping on his back.
"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." - Dr. Kevin McBride, Director of Research,
Mashantucket Pequot Museum
A NOTE FOR CLASSROOM TEACHERS/HOME
Look what we found on TeachersPayTeachers!
A 98 page literature guide for
The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping Giant!
We contacted Ruth and asked if we
could share her guide so teachers who are looking for activities will have
them. Ruth said she learned about the book from another teacher,
bought a copy at R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut, and decided to
create the literature guide to provide teachers with activities for
their students. The guide
is also aligned with the Common Core.
We then asked Ruth if we could share
some of her very impressive credentials, which we have listed below in
the ordering box. If
you are interested in viewing information about Ruth's literature
guide, see the BLUE box below.
The book can also be used as a read aloud with primary students.
Additionally, middle and high school teachers are using picture books with
their students to enhance historical themes and other events,
including study of
pre-colonial Native Americans.
Dozens of teachers and
Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York tell us that
the Legend of Hobbomock book makes learning about Native
Americans fun and appropriate for students, unlike most of the rather
dry educational publications for young readers on the topic.
The Legend of Hobbomock is a top 4
Finalist in the American Association of Publishers (AAP) 2015 REVERE
Awards for PRE K-12 Learning.
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REVERE Awards along with comments from the judges about The
Legend of Hobbomock book.
The audio book version of The Legend of Hobbomock
was recorded in Chicago by the talented Peter van de Graaff,
program host of 98.7 WFMT's Through the Night. Peter is also the
program director of the Beethoven Satellite Network. As a professional singer, Peter has performed with
opera companies and orchestras throughout the world, including the
Czech State Orchestra and the symphonies of New Orleans, Utah,
Colorado Springs, and San Antonio.
The Audio book is available FREE
when you order a print copy of the book.
COMING SOON! A stills
animation video of The Legend of Hobbomock by graphic arts
designer Christopher Dobbins, featuring the narration of
Peter van de Graaff.
Or pay by check* or money order* made payable to OmicronWorld
LLC, and mail to: OmicronWorld,
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*$16 per book. Shipping is now free on all
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Books can be signed by the author and personalized for the recipient of the
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SCHOOL TEACHERS and
HOME SCHOOLERS !
(Anyone can also order this!)
Adopt The Legend of Hobbomock: The
Sleeping Giant for classroom use for the
Native American component of your studies, as well as Common Core ELA and
1. The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping
Giant hardcover book. Order two copies (one copy for your classroom and
the second copy for your school library) for just $30 and we will cover mailing and shipping.
Once you order you will receive a FREE link (via
email) to download
a PDF version of the book for
the classroom AND a copy of the
MP3 Audio Book as read by Peter van de Graaff.
We highly recommend the 98 page Teacher/Activity guide
available for download from TeachersPayTeachers is written by Ruth
Spears, a veteran elementary and middle school teacher. We did a little
research and learned that Ruth also served as
the Connecticut representative on the Weekly Reader National Teacher's
Advisory Board for 12 years and was a NASA "Student Signatures in Space"
teacher for 10 years. Ruth was also a guest presenter for a number of
years at the New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) convention in
Providence, RI where she shared her creative lessons with 6000+ teachers
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If you are a teacher/educator or administrator and you want to order MORE
than two copies of the Legend of Hobbomock please call or email
us for special, further discount pricing. Many administrators like to
order multiple copies for entire school district libraries, or for student
use in the classroom.
Additionally, if you have a
sponsor who would like to purchase signed and personalized books for
students to take home and keep as personal copies, please call or email us
for bulk discount pricing. Many schools have done this for
summer reading programs.
Paying by check
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OmicronWorld LLC. Send by
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OmicronWorld, 800 village Walk, Suite 281,
Guilford, CT 06437-2762.
purchased [The Legend of Hobbomock] at
the Southington Apple Harvest Festival for my granddaughter Kailyn for her 7th
birthday. When I showed my daughter the
book she absolutely loved it and requested a copy for her
libraryís childrenís department. My daughter and I
both loved this book and The Growing Sweater.- Linda Lemire
I have shared [The Legend of
Hobbomock] with my son Max, and will bring it back into the office
shortly as every 2nd grader in Hamden visits my office and I am sure
the students will get a kick out of it. - Scott D. Jackson, Mayor,
just picked up this book up for my son after reading the article in
the New Haven
register. My son loved it! He was so excited about it that he wants
his teacher to read it in class tomorrow. From a parent of a second
grade boy who I'm trying to encourage to read more, I just wanted to
say thank you and Jesse Bonelli for working on this book. My son has
always asked questions about Sleeping Giant as we live in New haven
and see it frequently. Now he knows the legend. Again, thank you as
you have hopefully sparked an interest in reading for a young mind.
- Chris Fiore, East Haven, CT
wanted you to know how much my grandchildren enjoyed your book. I like
reading to them and even the five year old was very attentive. Robbie,
the eight year old, took the book into class since they were studying
Indians. Please tell your illustrator that [he] did a
great job, too.- Michelle Winsch, Greenville, NC
ten year old son Miles took the [Hobbomock] book to school yesterday
and he said his teacher read it to the class and the kids applauded
when she finished! He then said "It's a really good book, dad." He
said he can't wait to readThe Growing Sweater. -
Paul Stewart, Brighton, MA
Legend of Hobbomock]
book is magnificent...It is a GEM! - Joan &
Henry Garbar, Gouldsboro, ME. [Joan is a former Mother
Superior and a retired public school English teacher.]
Jesse Bonelli is one of my former science
students. He was in my 7th
grade science class in Old Lyme.....I remember his sketches back then,
amazing for a 12 year old. I think it was a comic strip depiction of
some type of food traveling through the digestive
system....awesome!!! I am THRILLED to see that he has illustrated
your new book, The Legend of
Hobbomock - Courtney Harris, East Haven,
My sons received a gift from their grandmother this
Christmas that they really enjoyed. I didnít see the gift at first and
then noticed they had stopped opening presents so my wife could read
them The Legend of Hobbomock
(they are 4 and 7). My mother had
apparently been at the book signing, met you and purchased two copies.
One for her and one for the boys. They really enjoyed it.
So thank you and great job!-
Michael J Ellesio, Bridgeport, CT
Research links used for research by
the Legend of Hobbomock author Jason Marchi and Hobbomock teaching guide
author Ruth Spears.
PRAISE FROM a WRITER'S DIGEST BOOK AWARDS CONTEST JUDGE
The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping Giant Author: Jason J. Marchi
Judge Number: 1
Books were evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the best.
Structure and Organization: 5
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
Plot (if applicable): 4
Character Development (if applicable): 5
Judge's Comments: This is a wonderful presentation of a folk tale. Your writing has
exactly the right voice for this story. The story is a perfect length
for reading to a young person. The 6th grade writing/vocabulary level
would also make this a good book to have in a library for older
children to read and perhaps use for a report. Iím not sure what is
legend and what you have added to the legend for story. I liked how
you presented Blackbirdís life: what he ate, what he wore. When
Blackbird encounters the stone giant, it creates the appropriate,
conflict/tension for a proper story format. I loved how you showed
Blackbird growing old and becoming the master storyteller. Great how
you linked the legends by having him tell both the story he learned
from Rakarota AND the new legend of his own experience. Good
foreshadowing when his mother gathered the oysters for breakfast. The
soft palette for the illustration matches the tone of the story and
gives off a spooky feeling. Great illustrations. I love your ending
about being very hungry when he wakes. You are a wonderful
writer. I can see this book as a part of a series on folklore that
might be published by an educational publisher. Good job.