The Legend of the Blue Bonnet

A beautiful tribute to a piece of Texas history and the true meaning of sacrifice. A little Comanche girl, She-Who-Is-Alone, is orphaned as an infant and raised by the remaining members of the tribe she was born into. Always in her possession is a doll, the only item that connects her to the family she never knew. To save those left from famine, a sacrifice must be made. Can She-Who-Is-Alone overcome her doubt and willingly make this sacrifice? The Legend of the Bluebonnet is a story about courage and selflessness that also ties to cultural phenomena.

dePeola, T. (1983).  The legend of the bluebonnet.  NY: Putman

Visual Elements of Art

  • The use of lines, distance, and spacing is the emphasized visual element of art most evident in The Legend of the Bluebonnet. Its use creates the overall mood of the story and gives the reader a sense of what the character is feeling–isolated. The objects and characters themselves are illustrated with bold, narrow lines, along with clothing and details in the background. Also, the distance between the illustrations conveys a sense of loneliness and solitude, which is an appropriate aspect, considering her name. The end of the story is more uplifting with signs of hope, and this is reflected on paper when the distance and spacing closes in. A sense of unity and warmth is created.

Lesson Plan

The Legend of the Bluebonnet Discussion Guide | (n.d.). Retrieved January 23, 2016, from



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