Morning on the Lake

by Jan Bourdeau Waboose and Karen Reczuch

When an Ojibway boy spends a day in the company of Mishomis (grandfather),... read more

When an Ojibway boy spends a day in the company of Mishomis (grandfather), the two of them both claim morning, noon, and night as their favorite time of day. In the morning on the lake in a birchbark canoe, they see a family of loons; hiking up a cliff at noon, they see an eagle; and walking through the forest at night, they see a pack of wolves. The boy is initially frightened by each sight but he follows the example of his grandfather and stays perfectly quiet and still. After each animal has passed, Mishomis interprets cultural messages for the boy, thereby teaching him about his heritage. The subtle story of strong intergenerational relationship is illustrated with realistic watercolors that depict the beauty of the natural world. (Ages 5-8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1998

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