Raven, Rabbit, Deer

Pajama Pr. Nov. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781772781366.
PreS-Gr 2–A young boy drops bright red boots into his grandfather’s lap and suggests they take a walk outside. It is winter, so both bundle up for a trip through the snowy field behind their house. They view many animals: first a black raven, then a light-colored rabbit, and, finally, many brown deer, along with the tracks they have made in the snow. The grandfather imagines how each animal sounds. The text cleverly describes the snow prints in ways that a young child can understand. For example, the deer prints are “I love you hearts cut in two.” The love between the boy and grandfather is evident in every action. Brilliant colors of the trees, animals, and characters contrast nicely with the white of the snow, and on several pages the late-day rainbow-colored sky is reflected on the ground. Whether or not children are close to their own elders, this beautiful picture book engages and delights. The grandfather points out animals in both English and Ojibwemowin; the illustrator is a member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation.
VERDICT An excellent addition to any school or public library, especially those looking to freshen up their picture book collections on the subject of winter.

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