First Spring

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A group of creatures not yet fully human and not knowing anything but Night, Winter, and Cold depart on a search for Summer so they can console one of their little ones. This version of the classic Innu legend is a slimmer adaptation of a longer story that was first encountered by European explorers in the late 19th century. Told in various forms all across North America from the Indians of the American West to the Atlantic Coast of Labrador, the myth that makes up the foundation of First Spring shows ? as all ...
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Overview

A group of creatures not yet fully human and not knowing anything but Night, Winter, and Cold depart on a search for Summer so they can console one of their little ones. This version of the classic Innu legend is a slimmer adaptation of a longer story that was first encountered by European explorers in the late 19th century. Told in various forms all across North America from the Indians of the American West to the Atlantic Coast of Labrador, the myth that makes up the foundation of First Spring shows — as all creation myths do — the universal concerns of humankind. These themes are given radiant life by Geneviève Côté’s shimmering watercolor images.
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Children's Literature - Jamie Hain
Little One travels from the land of eternal winter to the land of eternal summer in search of the birds of summer. Joining him on his quest are his family and the ancestors of all living creatures. Along the way, Little One and the others learn life lessons from the Great Spirit Mistapeo about family and the responsibilities they have to care for each other. One of the creation mythologies of the Innu Indians of North America, this book tells the story of how the progression of the four seasons and the succession of generations through life and death were established through Little One's quest to find the birds of summer. It also focuses on the concerns of survival universal to all creatures. Bright and colorful summer pictures contrast with the muted tones of the winter drawings to bring the world of the story to life in this beautifully illustrated version of this Native American tale. Reviewer: Jamie Hain
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This confusing adaptation attempts to explain why summer and winter take turns ruling Earth. When humans and animals shared a common language and had not yet evolved into separate beings, seasons did not exist and the creatures lived in endless winter and darkness. Joining a herd of caribou, the human-animals head south because of a vague knowledge that warmth and light exist there. The story meanders, and myriad animal-people assist or hinder the group in their travels. The mixed-media illustrations are the highlight here, with the dark, snowy landscape giving way to the green and blue of spring and summer. This laborious pourquoi tale lacks focus and is hard to follow.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894965347
  • Publisher: Simply Read Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 44
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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