Caribou Song

Overview

Joe and Cody are young Cree brothers who follow the caribou all year long, tucked into their dog sled with Mama and Papa. To entice the wandering caribou, Joe plays his accordion and Cody dances. They are so involved with their dancing and music that they don’t hear the roaring of the approaching herd of caribou. Bursting upon the boys, ten thousand animals fill the meadow. Joe is surrounded and can barely see Cody a short distance away. And neither of the boys can see their ...

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Overview

Joe and Cody are young Cree brothers who follow the caribou all year long, tucked into their dog sled with Mama and Papa. To entice the wandering caribou, Joe plays his accordion and Cody dances. They are so involved with their dancing and music that they don’t hear the roaring of the approaching herd of caribou. Bursting upon the boys, ten thousand animals fill the meadow. Joe is surrounded and can barely see Cody a short distance away. And neither of the boys can see their parents.
And yet what should be a moment of terror turns into something mystical and magical, as the boys open their arms and their hearts to embrace the caribou spirit.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 1–3—Bilingual in English and Cree, this story of the far north follows a family of four that has a spiritual connection to the caribou of the land. One brother, Joe, plays the accordion (a kitoochigan) and sings while the other, Cody, dances. On a magical day, all of nature aligns and ten thousand caribou come when the boys call. Though the stampede is ocean-storm strong, Cody and Joe emerge from the experience unharmed. Despite the Arctic setting, the illustrations forgo snowy whites for deep shades of purple, blue, and orange with shapes delineated by thick black lines; the effect is not unlike a stained-glass window. Altogether, the combined elements give this mystical occurrence and communion with nature the cadence and tenor of a traditional folktale.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897252611
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/31/2013
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomson Highway is the award-winning author of Fox on the Ice and the bestselling plays The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. He splits his time between homes near Sudbury, Ontario and the south of France.
 
John Rombough’s painting style reflects the harmony of the Dene peoples with their surrounding way of life and the natural world. He has been a professional artist for over a decade and his artwork adorns walls of corporations, governments and art patrons all over the world. He lives with his family in the small community of Lutselk’e on the eastern shore of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories. This is his first picture book.

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Joe and Cody lived with their mama, their papa, and Cody’s black dog, Ootsi. They lived too far north for most trees. Most of the year the lakes and islands and rivers and hills were covered in snow.
All year long, they followed the caribou with a sled pulled by eight huskies. “Mush!” Papa would yell, and the dogs would run straight forward. “Cha!” he would shout, and they would turn right. And when he yelled “U!” they turned left.

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