A Man Called Raven
By Richard Van Camp
Illustrated by George Littlechild
When Chris and Toby Greyeyes find a raven in the garage, they try to trap it and hurt it with hockey sticks. To them, ravens are just a nuisance because they spread garbage all over the street. Or so they think—until a mysterious man who smells like pine needles enters their lives and teaches them his story of the raven.
In this intriguing book, A Man Called Raven, George Littlechild, internationally acclaimed artist and author of the Jane Addams Award-winning book This Land Is My Land, returns to collaborate with Richard Van Camp, an exciting voice in Native American literature.
Set in the Northwest Territories of Canada, Van Camp’s contemporary story draws from the animal legends and folklore told to him by his Dogrib elders. Littlechild’s bold use of color and perspective captures the sense of mystery and magic surrounding the strange raven man who teaches the boys the meaning of respect for nature.
Blending past with present, the magical with the real, A Man Called Raven is both a tribute to the wisdom of the raven and a positive reminder that we can all learn from nature.
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About the Creators
is a young writer and member of the Dogrib Nation from the Northwest Territories, Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria and the En'owkin International School of Writing. He recently published his first novel and his stories have been featured in many collections.
is an internationally renowned artist from the Plains Cree Nation. His first book for Children's Book Press, This Land Is My Land (1993), was the winner of both the prestigious Jane Addams Picture Book Award, and the National Parenting Publications Gold Medal. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
About This Title
Interest Level:Grades 2 - 5
Reading Level:Grades 3 - 3
Animal/Biodiversity/Plant Adaptations, Nature/Science, Responsibility, Native American Interest, Mentors, Forgiveness, Environment/Nature, Discrimination, Conflict resolution, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Animals, Fantasy, Empathy/Compassion, Exploring Ecosystems, Gratitude, Human Impact On Environment/Environmental Sustainability , Respect/Citizenship, Folktales/Fairy Tales
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