Rabbit's Snow Dance: A Traditional Iroquois Story (Hardcover)
In this Iroquois tale, Rabbit insists on doing his snow dance, even though it is summer and the other animals warn him not to. Watercolor, gouache, and ink drawings (5-8).
— From Folklore & Fairy Tales
Rabbit's Snow Dance Master storytellers Joseph and James Bruchac present a hip and funny take on an Iroquois folktale about the importance of patience, the seasons, and listening to your friends. Pair it with other stories about stubborn animals like Karma Wilson's Bear Wants More and Verna Aardema's Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears. Rabbit loves the winter. He knows a dance, using an Iroquois drum and song, to make it snow--even in summertime When rabbit decides that it should snow early, he starts his dance and the snow begins to fall. The other forest animals are not happy and ask him to stop, but Rabbit doesn't listen. How much snow is too much, and will Rabbit know when to stop? The father-son duo behind How Chipmunk Got His Stripes, Raccoon's Last Race, and Turtle's Race with Beaver present their latest retelling of Native American folklore.
"The telling is sprightly, and Newman's ink-and-watercolor artwork makes an ideal companion. An appealing addition to folktale shelves." --Booklist "This modern retelling maintains the Bruchacs'] solid reputation for keeping Native American tales fresh." --School Library Journal "The picturesque language makes it a pleasure to read aloud."--BCCB
About the Author
Joseph Bruchac and James Bruchac are a father-son storytelling pair. They share a deep commitment to the preservation of the Abenaki Indian culture and traditions, which is part of their heritage. Joseph is the award-winning author of more than 120 books for children and adults. James is not only an author, but also a wilderness survival expert. They both live in Greenfield Center, New York. Jeff Newman is the author and illustrator of many books for kids, including Hippo! No, Rhino; The Boys; and Hand Book. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with his wife and son.
Praise for Rabbit's Snow Dance
"A welcome departure from the stodgier art-work that can often accompany myths and folk tales."-Publishers Weekly
"A good choice for a preschool read-aloud." -Horn Book Reviews
"The telling is sprightly, and Newman's ink-and-watercolor artwork makes an ideal companion. An appealing addition to folktale shelves." -Booklist
"This modern retelling maintains [the Bruchacs'] solid reputation for keeping Native American tales fresh." -School Library Journal
"The picturesque language makes it a pleasure to read aloud."-BCCB