Children's Literature - Gisela JerniganThe winter has been so cold and the warming Chinook wind is late in coming. The Siksika people were having a hard time finding wood for fires and most of the animals did not have enough food to eat. Hearing that Bear is hoarding the Chinook in his den, a resourceful boy and five animal friends brave the icy terrain to find the den, and release the Chinook, thereby bringing Spring. This traditional pourquoi tale explains why bears hibernate and how the Chinook brings spring. Distinctive batik illustrations, with their white outlines and geometric borders, add to the tale's appeal. A source note and list of references are included.
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