Holler, Sue Farrell

Raven, Rabbit, Deer

(2) PS Illustrated by Jennifer Faria. This sweetly unassuming picture book is simultaneously a small wintertime adventure, a story of a loving intergenerational friendship, and an animal-identification book incorporating both English and Ojibwemowin vocabulary. On a snowy day, a very young boy and his grandfather take a walk in the woods across from their home. On their walk, they encounter a black bird. Grandpa introduces the bird first in English as "Raven" and then in Ojibwemowin as "Gaagaagi." The pattern is repeated with "Rabbit" ("Waabooz") and "Deer" ("Waawaashkeshi"). As they walk, the boy and Grandpa make tracks in the snow, comparing them with the animal tracks they see. Their encounters with the woods' wildlife are interspersed with moments demonstrating the warm relationship between the two. At book's end, they head home for milk and cookies and a nap. Acrylic and colored-pencil illustrations vividly portray the snowy landscape as well as the boy and grandfather's home; the bright yellow living room filled with mementos radiates love and warmth. ­Endpapers helpfully label the three ­animals with their English and Ojibwemowin names; the Ojibwemowin names are also spelled phonetically.


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