An Ojibwe Legend

By Nancy Van Laan; Betsy Bowen (Illustrator)

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Library Binding, 9780395827451, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 1997


Shingebiss, a little merganser duck, can always find plenty to eat. In all seasons, the Great Lake is full of fish. But one cold year the lake freezes over, and Shingebiss has to find a way to fish through the thick ice. To do that, he must face the fierce Winter Maker. Gracefully told and illustrated with vigorous woodcuts, this ancient Ojibwe story captures all the power of winter and all the courage of a small being who refuses to see winter as his enemy. This sacred story shows that those who follow the ways of Shingebiss will always have plenty to eat, no matter how hard the great wind of Winter Maker blows.

About the Author

Betsy Bowen is the author-illustrator of several books for children. Reviewers have described her distinctive woodcuts as bold, rich and handsome. The mother of three sons, she has lived with her family on the rugged north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota for more than thirty years.

Praise For Shingebiss

"The indomitable Shingebiss is an engaging hero with an admirable lesson to impart, but the distinction of the book also lies in the spectacularly handsome illustrations." Horn Book, Starred

"A glossary, source notes, and some engrossing information on how the illustrations were executed are included." Booklist, ALA