Crow and Weasel

Crow and Weasel

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by Barry Holstun Lopez, Tom Pohrt
     
 

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"A brilliantly written and totally original New World adventure." - Jean Craighead George

Long ago, when people and animals spoke the same language, two young men left their tribe to make an adventurous voyage through the wilderness, into the unknown northland. Set in the mythic past and inspired by the traditions of the North American Plains people

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"A brilliantly written and totally original New World adventure." - Jean Craighead George

Long ago, when people and animals spoke the same language, two young men left their tribe to make an adventurous voyage through the wilderness, into the unknown northland. Set in the mythic past and inspired by the traditions of the North American Plains people, this fable of self-discovery follows Crow and Weasel as they face unfamiliar perils on a quest for knowledge and wisdom. Conquering their innermost fears, the two heroes come of age and learn more than they ever could have imagined—about humanity's relationship to the land, the importance of respecting other peoples and giving thanks, and even the ery nature of friendship itself.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this original folktale inspired by the North American Plains people, Crow and Weasel come of age together as they make a voyage into unknown territory, made vivid in Pohrt's well-researched paintings. All ages. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Back in mythic time, when animals and men spoke the same language, two young men, (really anthropomorphic Crow and Weasel), set out on a journey to the north, through the mysterious forest and beyond; through habitats that people of their tribe had only heard rumors of, until they reached the far north land of the Inuits, who share their wisdom and send the friends home again, much stronger and wiser, and ready to share their wisdom with their tribe. Besides learning about other creatures and places, the two friends learn important insights about themselves, and grow as friends and people. The author notes that this original tale was inspired by native American lifeways, but is a work of fiction. The illustrator notes that the illustrations, (which are beautifully detailed paintings, were inspired by Northern Plains Indian material culture. The tale which is really a short, illustrated novel, would be more appropriate for older children and adults. 1998 (orig.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Two youngsters set out on a journey, encounter wonders, risk death, find wisdom, and return to tell their tale. The plot line is as old as the Babylonian epic Gilgamesh , but Lopez ( Arctic Dreams , LJ 3/1/86) gives it a style and setting that make it new. Meditative Crow and spirited Weasel belong to the Native American Plains people, but their aspirations and the lessons they learn are timeless and transcultural: to be truthful, to acknowledge the Ones Above, to value friendship, to express gratitude, to seek knowledge. The epiphanies of the quest pertain to the passage from youth to maturity, but also speak to the adult of what is truly important in life. Beautifully rendered watercolors focus on the characters and their (authentic) accouterments rather than on landscape.The picture book format may limit the book, misleadingly, to the children's section. In fact, thoughtful adolescents are the youngest readers to whom this fable will make its serious appeal.-- Patricia Lothrop, Univ. of Washington Lib. Sch., Seattle
Paula Fox
" 'The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them,' Badger says. What a heart-gripping thought! Mr. Lopez's story is a wonderful one, that is, full of wonders . . . It is also an interior, spiritual journey toward wisdom. And the illustrations are brilliant."
The New Yorker
"Crow and Weasel are two young men of the Northern plains who undertake a journey through unexplored wilderness to the tundra and back. Their quest is also a fable of inner discovery based on ideas and traditions of early American Indians. An engrossing story, which is imaginatively illustrated."
Wallace Stegner
Barry's fable is splendid, full of vision and strenuousness and the optimism that comes of strong imagining and earnest effort... Pohrt's illustrations are simply stunning, impeccably true to the animals they represent as well as to the mythic reverberations of the fable.... This collaborative pair have a lifework to do together.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060975289
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/1993
Edition description:
1st HarperPerennial ed
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
7.11(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.27(d)

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Crow and Weasel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written and illustrated. Not at all a simple picture book.
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