Fox On the Ice

Fox On the Ice

by Tomson Highway, Brian Deines
     
 

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One winter afternoon, Joe and Cody went ice fishing with their papa, their mama, and Cody's little black dog, Ootsie. It was the perfect day to fish. The sky was clear, and the sun made the snow sparkle like diamonds.

Brothers Joe and Cody are spending a chilly winter afternoon ice fishing with their parents. Cody is helping Papa fish, while Mama and Joe doze in

Overview

One winter afternoon, Joe and Cody went ice fishing with their papa, their mama, and Cody's little black dog, Ootsie. It was the perfect day to fish. The sky was clear, and the sun made the snow sparkle like diamonds.

Brothers Joe and Cody are spending a chilly winter afternoon ice fishing with their parents. Cody is helping Papa fish, while Mama and Joe doze in the sled. Suddenly the sled dogs sit up and sniff. A fox is across the lake, her fur as bright as flames. The sled dogs give chase, pulling Mama and Joe along on a wild ride.

Written in both English and Cree, Fox on the Ice is a wonderful, lyrical story of celebration from award-winning author Tomson Highway, capturing a passing way of life for future generations. Illustrator Brian Deines has created an evocative masterpiece of shimmering oils depicting the beauty of northern Manitoba.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Absolutely beautiful color illustrations of a family's unexpected adventure enhance this simple and heartwarming tale."

-- The Midwest Book Review

The Toronto Star
One of the most touching, exuberant, cleverly crafted, and utterly entrancing plays.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4—This beautiful picture book written in English and Cree portrays a Cree family ice fishing in Northern Manitoba on a gleaming winter day. Following a picnic lunch including "bannock baked over a fire, broiled whitefish right out of the lake," younger brother Joe sleeps in the sled with his mother as their eight huskies doze in the sun. Older brother Cody plays with his dog, Ootsie, while Papa sets out a fishing net that "looked small, but it was as long as a schoolyard." The dogs awaken to the scent of a fox across the lake, "her fur as bright as flames," and race to chase it, dragging Mama and Joe in the sled. Papa must quickly decide whether to risk losing his jigger and net to catch the runaway sled. Father and son catch the sled and bring the huskies to a halt. They are thrilled to realize that Ootsie has saved the net in his teeth. Deines's exquisite paintings reflect the drama and depict the beauty of the frozen lake, the strength of the dogs, and the love of this indigenous family. This brief story, rich in detail, is perfect for a curriculum supplement. Offer it with Jean Craighead George's Nutik, the Wolf Pup (HarperCollins, 2001) for an Arctic story time.—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897252666
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Series:
Songs of the North Wind Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Tomson Highway
is one of Canada's most important aboriginal voices. He is an award-winning playwright and the author of The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. Tomson Highway was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1994. Originally from Manitoba, he now resides in Northern Ontario when he is not travelling abroad.

Brian Deines
is an acclaimed artist and photographer who graduated from the Alberta College of Art. His previous picture books include Forever: The Annual Hockey Classic and Prairie Summer. The illustrations for Dragonfly Kites by Tomson Highway were nominated for a Governor's General Award for Illustration. He lives in Toronto.

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