Rainbow Crow

Rainbow Crow

Nagweyaabi-Aandeg [With CD (Audio)]

By David Bouchard; David Jean (Illustrator)

Red Deer Press, Hardcover, 9780889954588, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 31, 2012

Before two leggeds walked on Mother Earth there was a great cold. The animals formed a council; someone had to seek help from the Creator. Rainbow Crow, a most colourful bird, was selected because he had a beautiful voice that would surely impress the Creator. He flew into the heavens and won fire from above. But on the way back the fire began to burn his plumage black and destroy his beautiful voice. But Rainbow Crow persevered, bringing the life-saving fire safely back to his friends. This Lenape legend of courage and sacrifice is masterfully retold by award-winning author David Bouchard. The stunning art, painted on traditional drums by celebrated Canadian artist, David Jean, will inspire young and old alike.
English/Ojibwe edition. For the French/Ojibwe edition see Corneille Arc-en-ciel.

About the Author
Metis author David Bouchard has written many bestselling and award-winning books for children. David grew up on the prairies, where he lived and breathed street hockey. David is a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2013 he had a public school named after him in Oshawa, Ontario. He currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with his wife, daughter and two dogs.

Praise For Rainbow Crow

“With paired verses in English and Cree matched to broad, finely detailed scenes of dancing silhouettes placed against semi-abstract backgrounds, this illustrated poem compellingly invites readers to join the Round Dance at a powwow.” – KIRKUS REVIEWS
“This is a multisensory and multicultural gem. It utilizes poetry, music, and art to relate a story of powwow and intergenerational connection… Teachers of all levels and disciplines will be able to utilize this resource as a springboard for a variety of creative activities for students. The reader will be left with new insight into a traditional powwow with its mystic dancers and a daughter's remembrance of her mother through the ritual. The young at heart of all ages will relish this truly sensitive celebration of heritage and culture. This unique resource is a must for the library for youth.” - VOYA