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The First Flute
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The First Flute

by David Bouchard, Don Oelze (Illustrator)
 

Names should be respected. They should be valued. They should be honoured. When a name is given to an adult, it is often given based on the life that person has lived. The name is a statement about the person he or she has become. When a name is given to a child, it foretells what kind of a person that child will become. If a child is given the name He Who is Kind

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Names should be respected. They should be valued. They should be honoured. When a name is given to an adult, it is often given based on the life that person has lived. The name is a statement about the person he or she has become. When a name is given to a child, it foretells what kind of a person that child will become. If a child is given the name He Who is Kind to Strangers, that child is destined to live a life of kindness. I know this to be true because I once knew a kind man who as a child was given that name.

In The First Flute, David Bouchard tells the story of a young man given the name Dancing Raven. He was a dancer - the best from all the nations. But the other men and boys in his village don't appreciate Dancing Raven's talent - hunting, fishing and tracking are the truly important talents. Dancing Raven must prove to his village the importance of his song.

Includes a cd with a reading of the story as well as music from Jan Michael Looking Wolf, a native flute player from Oregon.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2015-07-27
As he has in the past, Bouchard (The Song within My Heart, 2015, etc.) joins talents with a multicultural team, in this case New Zealand-American illustrator Oelze, Kalapuya flautist Jan Michael Looking Wolf, and Dakota translator Goodwill, to present an uplifting tale. Audiences will quickly become immersed in the combination of storytelling, music, and artwork. Dancing Raven has many skills, but his passion, dancing, is not recognized until Grandfather Cedar shows him the path of love and gifts him a flute. A prologue explains that this telling has been handed down from Looking Wolf's uncle. Their tribal affiliation is not indicated within the book, nor are source notes for other versions of the story provided, so those unfamiliar with Native American folklore and cultures must trust and enjoy the experience as presented. Text appears in English and Dakota, while CD tracks in English, French, and Dakota invite a wide audience. Those who have never heard it will be fascinated by the sound of the Dakota language, which is recorded by an older, gravelly voice that resonates with gravitas (the narrator is not named). Looking Wolf's music is atmospheric and moving. Masterful paintings—lush, vibrant, frequently suffused with sunlight—do not so much extend the text as accompany it, as if selected after the fact rather than crafted for it. If a bit patchwork, the package is still powerful. (Picture book/folk tale. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780889954755
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
08/01/2015
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
905,596
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile:
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Best-selling Metis author David Bouchard is an Order of Canada recipient and the author of many books for young readers including The Aboriginal Carol and Nokum is My Teacher. He lives in Victoria.

Don Oelze was born in New Zealand. He had a fascination with the lifestyle of cowboys and Indians from a very early age. After studying art and meeting other artists he focused his subject area on native life. He lives in Montana with his wife Utako.

Jan Michael Looking Wolf is a renowned and award-winning Native American flute recording artist and performer. He has recorded 18 CDs and 3 DVDs. He lives in western Oregon.

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