Sunday, February 27, 2011
Illustrator Ben Crane is an Albertan who is both a musician and an artist. His illustrations for this book have a comic quality to them which makes the characters, particularly Snow Cloud, even more loveable. However, it is important to note that some have questioned the caricature nature of the pictures and wondered whether they were appropriate. Personally, I feel it would be different if this were the only image of aboriginal people that students had. Those of Aboriginal descent to whom I have shown the book, agree.
Author Victor Lethbridge is multi-talented. A descendent of Chief Sitting Bull's original band and a member of Wood Mountain Lakota First Nation, Lethbridge is a musician, storyteller and motivational speaker. This book was written and produced to help support prevention workshops done through Victor's Tatanka Productions. Included with this picture book is a CD with a narrated version of the story as well as an accompanying song written by the author and his wife. As I listen to the song, I think it will appeal most to the younger Pre-K-1 students.
Little Chief and Mighty Gopher: The Pemmican Frenzy is ato any library.