Kids Can Press, 9781550746990, 32pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2002
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This powerful story, with its stunning illustrations, captures the chill of a northern night, the warmth of the family circle and the radiance of a child's wonder.
About the Author
Brian Deines is a fine artist and the illustrator of Bear on the Train. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Praise For SkySisters…
Two Ojibway sisters set off across the frozen north country to see the SkySpirits' midnight dance, and after an exhilarating walk and patient waiting, the girls are rewarded by the arrival of the SkySpirits - the Northern Lights.—Books for Growing Minds
The text and pictures work together to express the sense of wonder and excitement that surrounds the phenomenon of the Northern Lights.—School Library Journal
Stunning illustrations capture the radiance and awe of this nighttime experience.—Book Links
SkySisters is a gorgeous book. Readers will undoubtedly linger on each page to enjoy the masterful work of Brian Deines. In SkySisters he guides us immediately from the warm, comforting colours of the kitchen to the cool, quiet colours of an evening in the North. A spectacular painting appears at the climax of the story as the sisters lie in the snow, staring up in exhilaration at the vibrant swath of the Northern Lights above them.—Children's Book News
Deines's palette perfectly captures the northern cold and the warm relationship the girls have with one another and those around them.—School Library Journal
Young people will recognize their own awe in the face of a wintry night reading SkySisters. Jan Bourdeau Waboose, a Nishinawbe Ojibwa from Northern Ontario, writes about two girls who go into the woods to look for the ?SkySpirits? - the Northern Lights. Waboose's richly evocative tale comes with dreamy illustrations by Brian Deines.—Maclean's
Waboose couches her big-and-little-sister story in Native American lore. Two Ojibway girls venture out one cold night for an unclear purpose, following their grandmother's advice: ?Wisdom comes on silent wings.? Along the way, they encounter three guardian spirits: a rabbit, a deer, and a coyote. At last, they arrive at Coyote Hill, where they see the object of their journey: the Northern Lights, or SkySpirits, who dance in the frigid, starry sky. By book's end, when the older sister renames the SkySpirits ?SkySisters,? it's plain how the simple journey has drawn the sisters together.—Booklist
Two themes stand out in this book: the sisters' love of nature and their delight in each other's company, both important elements in the author's heritage as a Nishanwabe Ojibway from Northern Ontario.—Winnipeg Free Press