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K-Gr 4--A lovely retelling of an Ojibwa tale. The narrator sets the scene, describing the Everlasting Snow, a time when the "wind howled like a hundred hungry wolves." Afraid because the warm weather has not returned, the animals call a council. The wise fisher explains that they must find out what has happened to the birds of summer because "When they return, summer will follow." Using the stars as a guide, he and the other animals travel to a valley where "strange two-legged creatures" keep the birds captive to have their own place where summer never ends. Joining together, the animals create the Manitou, a spirit that frightens the people away and allows the beasts to free the birds. During the confusion, the fisher is chased to the top of a tall tree. He leaps into the sky and joins the stars in the form that we know as the Big Dipper. Rodanas's narrative has the right combination of description, action, and lyricism. The paintings, done in colored pencil over watercolor wash, convey a respect for nature. Especially lovely are the pages showing the release of the birds. Beautiful renderings of swans and humming birds, robins and jays are followed by an airborne streak of rainbow colors. The text looks as though it were written on birch bark. An author's note gives the story's sources. A very nice job all around.--Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761450290
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: Accelerated Reader Books Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.58 (w) x 8.35 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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