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Ä¢ By the award-winning author/illustrator of best-seller Storm BoyÄ¢ Includes a section on traditional story motifs of the Pacific Northwest coast native peoples"A suspenseful original tale.... Lewis's precise, distinctive brushwork echoes the highly stylized Native American totems and masks, and his use of color is arresting." -Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This original tale, based on Pacific Northwest myth, in which frogs are being abducted from a local lake, "will be welcomed by fans of folklore and Native American literature," wrote PW. Ages 5-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Joan Carris
Using mythic elements common to Northwest Coast lore, Lewis has created a story with a Haida chief's daughter as heroine. Called "Sister" by a lone frog survivor, she follows this frog to its underwater kingdom where she meets Volcano Woman, disguised as the grandmother of all the missing frogs. Impressed by what she has seen, Frog Girl rescues the captured frogs and tells her fellow villagers, "They're our sisters and brothers. We should treat them so." The spare, eloquent text combine with powerful illustrations to make the point that we share this earth with others whom we owe both courtesy and respect. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4--As in Storm Boy (Beyond Words, 1995), Lewis tells an original tale based on elements of the mythology of Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest. A chief's daughter spots two boys trapping frogs near a lake. One frog, who is overlooked, takes her to a deserted village beneath the lake. There, the frog (now a girl) introduces her to Grandmother, who mourns the disappearance of her children and whose sadness causes a volcano to erupt. The girl returns to her home, frees the captives, and saves her village. Extensive background notes explain how authentic folklore motifs are woven into the story and artwork. For the most part, the story can stand alone, with the illustrations playing a large part in the narrative. Without the notes, though, readers may not know that the grandmother is not only Frog Woman, but also Volcano Woman. Still, the molten lava that flows in her great house and the way her grief somehow sets off the eruption convey the sense of the connection, if not the details. The matriarch's face is never shown, adding to the mysterious atmosphere. The artwork is splendid. Vivid green frog images adorn totem poles in the underwater world, injecting a sense of wonder into the magical journey beneath the lake. The bold, well-designed pages will carry well in a group setting, and the language is simple and spare, well suited for reading aloud.--Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
Based on the traditions of the Northwest Pacific native people, this engrossing tale warns of the consequences of man manipulating nature.
When a young girl travels magically to the underworld of the frogs, she is warned by "Grandmother" that an impending volcano is the consequence of the girl's people stealing frogs from the lake. The girl returns, in the nick of time, to rescue her people from the lava and discovers the frogs that boys in her village have stolen. When she sets them free, Grandmother is appeased, and rain squelches the volcano's fire. The illustrations set the tone of this book: Deep greens, rich maroons, and dark grays, along with the looming faces of the totems, create a seriousness and a sense of foreboding. An afterword provides information about the folklore on which the story is based, and mythic motives within the tale. It's exquisite and resonant.