Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child - ADVISABLE

Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child, illustrations by Jonathan Thunder, translated by Gordon Jourdain, PICTURE BOOK Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2018. $17. 9781681340777 



Windy Girl loves to hear the stories from Uncle as she rides in his truck, he tells her about traditions of long ago, or about things that happened when he was a boy. The best part of the summer is going with her dog and Uncle to the big Powwow. Windy participates in the dances, eats the food and plays with her dog. She also falls asleep with the other children and has an amazing dream. 

I love that it's printed in two languages: English and Ojibwe. I also love the window into the life of an indigenous child - riding around with her uncle in his truck, hearing stories and participating in the events at a Powwow, the dancing and what the children do. The dream sequence with the dogs dancing in cultural clothing was unusual - perhaps I'd understand better if I were an Ojibwe child. I'm getting this for my library - it's a nice depiction of a modern Powwow, my collection needs this kind of book.

Lisa Librarian

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