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Blazing Bear

Blazing Bear

by Sis Boulos Deans, Nantz Comyns-Toohey (Illustrator)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-- Blazing Bear is an Indian man from a nameless tribe in what is now Maine. His son, Fleeting Deer, is upset because he is too old to play with the smaller boys who are pretending to hunt, but too young to accompany his older brothers on real hunts. Blazing Bear sits with the boy and tells him of also being the youngest son and experiencing the same impatience and regret when he was young. He describes his vision quest and how he received his name, and how he overcame his envy of his older brother. Sparsely illustrated with bland full-color paintings, this slight coming-of-age story attempts to evoke the world of the Norridgewock ``clan'' of the Kennebec tribe, according to the author's introduction. Random words throughout the text are asterisked, referring to words in a concluding glossary that offers little extra information. A poorly labeled map is also provided. Although clearly written, this meandering story features cutesy ``Indian'' names such as Whispering Stream and Uncle Silent Wolf, and consistently uses the insulting word ``squaw'' to refer to Blazing Bear's wife. --Lisa Mitten, University of Pittsburgh, PA

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Windswept House Publishers
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Product dimensions:
8.55(w) x 11.05(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 11 Years

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