Synopses & Reviews
One winter afternoon, Joe and Cody went ice fishing with their papa, their mama, and Cody’s little black dog, Ootsie. It was the perfect day to fish. The sky was clear, and the sun made the snow sparkle like diamonds. Brothers Joe and Cody are spending a chilly winter afternoon ice fishing with their parents. Cody is helping Papa fish, while Mama and Joe doze in the sled. Suddenly the sled dogs sit up and sniff. A fox is across the lake, her fur as bright as flames. The sled dogs give chase, pulling Mama and Joe along on a wild ride. Written in both English, and Cree Maageesees Maskwameek Kaapit is a wonderful, lyrical story of celebration from award-winning author Tomson Highway, capturing a passing way of life for future generations. Illustrator Brian Deines has created an evocative masterpiece of shimmering oils depicting the beauty of northern Manitoba.
Praise for The Rez Sisters
: One of the most touching, exuberant, cleverly crafted, and utterly entrancing plays.
-- The Toronto Star
Wisdom comes to two Ojibway sisters as they share a powerful night together watching the northern lights.
Two Ojibway sisters set off across the frozen north country to see the SkySpirits' midnight dance. It isn't easy for the younger sister to be silent, but gradually she begins to treasure the stillness and the wonderful experiences it brings. After an exhilarating walk and patient waiting, the girls are rewarded by the arrival of the SkySpirits -- the northern lights -- dancing and shimmering in the night sky. 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
Tomson Highway is one of Canada's most important aboriginal voices. He is an award-winning playwright and the author of The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughtta Move to Kapuskasing. Tomson Highway was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1994. Originally from Manitoba, he now resides in northern Ontario when he is not travelling abroad.
Brian Deines is an acclaimed artist and photographer who graduated from the Alberta College of
Art. His previous picture books include Forever: The Annual Hockey Classic and Prairie Summer. The illustrations for Dragonfly Kites by Tomson Highway were nominated for a Governor's General Award for Illustration. He lives in Toronto.