K Up-This careful retelling of a Siberian Yuit tale is true in form and detail to traditional legend, embodying elements of several similar stories such as ``The Rescue of the Sun'' in Edythe Weatherford Newell's The Rescue of the Sun (Albert Whitman, 1970; o.p.); ``The Ogre, the Sun and the Raven'' in Ruth Manning-Sanders's A Book of Charms and Changelings, (Dutton, 1972; o.p.). When the underground demons decided to take the sun for themselves, the animals of the tundra, led by wise old Snowy Owl, sent first Bear and then Wolf to get it back. But they were too focused on their own needs and failed, allowing the unselfish, sharp-witted Snowshoe Hare to rescue it. When he kicked it into the sky, the moon and stars were created, and the demons were frightened back to their subterranean cavern. Painted in gouache over transparent acrylic and textured with colored pencil, the art features animals in the traditional folk style and colors (black, white, violet, gray, brown) used in Inuit soapstone prints. Borders in soft pastel hues are decorated with small white designs. Bernhard has designed her demons after shaman ritual masks. This authentic, attractively illustrated tale is an important addition to folklore collections.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
nger for reading aloud. Greedy demons from under the earth steal the sun at the beginning of a long arctic winter, and the animals meet in council to decide who will rescue it. Both Bear and Wolf are sent, and both fail--Bear because he stops to eat, and Wolf because he stops to get warm. Snowshoe Hare is the last to try, and because he ignores both hunger and cold, he wins the day, rescuing the sun and creating the moon and stars in the bargain. Adapted from the story "How the Sun Was Rescued," found in James Riordan's collection of Siberian folktales, "The Sun Maid and the Crescent Moon" (1991), the text is straightforward and polished. Cool, pastel colors appropriate to the winter theme predominate in the gouache-on-acrylic illustrations, which were "inspired by ritual masks and carved objects of native peoples of Alaska and Siberia and by contemporary Inuit stonecut prints." The large, arresting two-page spreads make the book good for reading aloud in a group setting.