Maple Moon

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Winner of The World Guild Canadian Writing Awards


- Children's Book category (2006)

To create this enchanting fictional account of how maple syrup might have been first discovered. Connie Brummel Crook borrows elements from some of the many prevailing traditional folk takes.

In finding this new source of nourishment, her young protagonist,...

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Overview


Winner of The World Guild Canadian Writing Awards


- Children's Book category (2006)

To create this enchanting fictional account of how maple syrup might have been first discovered. Connie Brummel Crook borrows elements from some of the many prevailing traditional folk takes.

In finding this new source of nourishment, her young protagonist, a native boy named Rides the Wind, is able to help his people through a harsh winter.

His pride also boosts his confidence in spite of a physical disability, and he is able to rise above the cruel taunts of other children.

Imagines how maple syrup may have been discovered.

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Children's Literature - Michelle H. Martin
Rides the Wind, a young Missisauga boy, discovers maple syrup and thereby prevents his tribe from starving. Because an injury that Rides the Wind received as a child makes him limp, many other children in the village ostracize him and call him Limping Leg. With his only friend Nimoosh, the Alaskan Husky who transports the boy on a sled, Rides the Wind leaves the village to be alone, and his observation of a squirrel leads him to the sweet water of Ninautik, the Maple Tree. Rendered in oils primarily in earth tones, this picture book offers an entertaining porquoi tale that also highlights some important cultural ideas from the Missisauga culture. When Rides the Wind leads his father and the elders to Ninautik, his father accuses the boy of lying when the tree does not produce immediately. The chief, however, decides that if Rides the Wind waited all day for the sweet water, so should they. And they do. Focusing on the power that children have to improve the lives of those around them, this well-written and attractive picture book will make a positive contribution to lessons on trees, folklore, and Native American cultures.
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K-Gr 3Crook blends bits of Native American legend into her fictional account of how humans might have discovered the sweet juice that North Americans have processed into maple syrup for hundreds of years. Eight-year-old Rides the Wind, a Missisauga boy, is shunned by others because he is lame. He ventures into the forest for solace and observes a squirrel licking a bit of sap on a maple branch. The boy tastes the liquid and then collects some of the sweet water. When he returns home, he is scolded for his day-long absence. Fortunately, his irate mother throws the water into her cooking pot. When he tries to show the elders where he found the sap, Rides the Wind is surprised to discover only a dormant tree. Fortunately, the chief makes everyone remain until the end of the day when the sun once again releases the sap. The story moves through a believable scenario of discovery and disappointment to a satisfying denouement. The concluding author's note informs readers that the early white settlers in the northeast learned of maple syrup from the Native Americans. Cameron's full-page, realistic paintings are warm and rich. A handsome look at traditional life and a good tale of personal ingenuity and discovery.Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773730175
  • Publisher: Stoddart Kids
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.41 (w) x 10.83 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Connie Brummel Crook has written several stories about United Empire Loyalist. She was born in the area where this story takes place and currently lives in Peterborough, Ontario. Flight, Meyers. Creek and the Nellie McClung Trilogy are all novels from Stoddart Kids. Her picture book, Maple Moon is a Storytelling World Honor Title.

Connie Brummel Crook has written several stories about United Empire Loyalist. She was born in the area where this story takes place and currently lives in Peterborough, Ontario. Flight, Meyer's Creek and the Nellie McClung Trilogy are all novels from Fitzhenry & Whiteside Kids. Her picture book, Maple Moon is a Storytelling World Honor Title winner.

Scott is the illustrator of Beethoven Lives Upstairs.

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