Thursday, August 1, 2013
Rabbit's Snow Dance
Author: James & Joseph Bruchac
Illustrator: Jeff Newman
Publication Year: 2012
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee
Awards: Elizabeth Burr/Wozalla Award honor,
Summary: An Iroquois pourquoi tale that tells about Rabbit, who was short on patience, and couldn't wait for the snow to come. Even though it's summertime and the other animals are ready for cold weather, Rabbit does his dance ("I will make it snow, AZIKANAPO!"). The snow comes and Rabbit just keeps going until he has to take a nap. When he awakes, he has an accident that explains why Rabbit has a small tail today! The illustrations are amazing line drawings and the colors are beautiful.
Classroom Ideas: The retelling of a traditional story is ripe for a classroom/library study of pourquoi tales. Rabbit is a perfect character for studying the effects of his impatience and perhaps the lesson he learned (moral).