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Raven, the trickster, wants to give people the gift of light. But can he find out where Sky Chief keeps it? And if he does, will he be able to escape without being discovered? His dream seems impossible, but if anyone can find a way to bring light to the world, wise and clever Raven can!...

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Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest Reviews

  • Manybooks
    2018-11-17 15:25

    I had purchased a paperback copy of Scott McDermott's Caldecott Honour winning Raven from Amazon a couple of years ago, mostly because I happened to find the cover image so visually appealing and stunning (and have always enjoyed folktale adaptations). However, as soon as I opened the book, I realised with much frustration that McDermott had once again (and like with his previous Caldecott Medal winning Arrow to the Sun) NOT really fully acknowledged either his sources or paid (at least to and for me) in any way even remotely sufficient homage and respect to the Native American tribes from whom and from whose culture, lore and traditions he had gleaned his material. And thus, my original happy anticipation quickly turned to major annoyance and yes, frustration, which was then rather massively and angrily increased further by the fact that at the back of my copy of Raven, there are instructions on how to make a totem pole out of toilet paper tubes (a fun and engaging, diverting activity for children perhaps, but considering that totem poles are generally regarded as sacred and cherished family and clan symbols, the mere idea of making totem poles out of bathroom tissue tubes is really not all that politically correct, even much bordering on the potentially inappropriate, and in my opinion, an almost unforgivable sign of disrespect). Now I do very well realise and understand that for Raven, Scott McDermott has, indeed, at least included a very basic and vague introduction to trickster tales in general. But be that as it may, McDermott's presented introduction is (at least in my opinion) in absolutely no way even remotely sufficient, as while it does feature the general concepts of trickster tales and what they are supposed to represent and demonstrate, it does not EVER show the specific Native American sources, the specific tales and traditions of the Raven legend, and which of these the author/illustrator has then utilised for this, or rather for his adaptation.Now the basic storyline of Scott McDermott's Raven really only consists of the bare bones of the legend, and since most Native American myths are based on real existent (or at least in the distant past existent) places and specific tribal cultures (in other words, while the Raven legend is a common myth of the Pacific Northwestern Coast of both the United States and Canada, each Native American/Canadian tribe would have had similar, but always variable renditions thereof), this here general and vague adaptation, with no specific cultural and tribal affiliations, well it reads like a rather uninspiring and imprecise miscellany (one that basically offers a vague introduction, but not very much more for me, and is especially lacking as an example of and for Native American folklore, of and for Native American mythology and spirituality). In fact, Raven's narrative, its text, actually quite underscores rather stridently its lack of cultural authenticity and that the author/illustrator, that Scott McDermott, has obviously quite refused to learn or even consider previous, prior lessons (as even with his Caldecott Medal winning Arrow to the Sun, there were legitimate issues raised with regard to a lack of cultural legitimacy, a lack of knowledge of Native American traditions, and that he had neither acknowledged nor described any of his particular sources, both literary and oral, and I really do not even know if McDermott had even consulted any folklore books or been told any tales).As to the accompanying illustrations, they are bright and visually appealing (and seem at least to my own untrained eyes as authentic seeming enough). And while if taken and if regarded by and for themselves, I can and do at least somewhat understand the Caldecott Honour designation awarded for Raven, McDermott's text, his adapted narrative is simply too generalising, too inauthentic and even potentially massively stereotyping for me. And thus, Raven is ONLY recommended for the illustrations, as the text leaves much (if not everything) to be desired (at least on a folkloric and cultural level). And while this might indeed seem more than a bit curmudgeonly (and even though I do find the illustrations visually appealing enough), I have now decided to render my erstwhile two star rating into but one star, as I am increasingly angered at and sick and tired of individuals like Gerald McDermott blithely and with no sense of humility and respect continuously appropriating Native American culture and lore (with insufficient resources, lack of respect and no sense or even remote comprehension that this might, indeed, be a legitimate issue and bone of contention for many American Indian and Canadian First Nations individuals).

  • Mariah
    2018-11-26 12:26

    I read this book to my students because I want them to learn about different traditions and cultures than their own. This book lead to some great discussions."Raven, the trickster, wants to give people the gift of light. But can he find out where Sky Chief keeps it? And if he does, will he be able to escape without being discovered? His dream seems impossible, but if anyone can find a way to bring light to the world, wise and clever Raven can!"

  • N_amandascholz
    2018-11-09 13:10

    In a note at the beginning of this book, Gerald McDermott explains that the Raven is a trickster figure who appears in many Native American stories from the Pacific Northwest. Raven can both be a terrible mischief-maker and a benevolent guardian of humankind. His prominence in Native American culture also is reflected in how often his image appears in visual art like totem poles and jewelry. Both sides of Raven are included in this retelling of how Raven brings humankind light; he steals it from the Sky Chief. Raven uses his special shape-shifting ability so that he can be born as the Sky Chief's grandson, sneaking into his household to find the source of light that Sky Chief has not shared with humans. As a comic and mischievous boy, Raven delights his mother, grandfather, and elders. He charms them all into giving him access to the sun. When he has the golden ball as his plaything, he turns back into a raven and flies away to share it with his human friends. Throughout the story, McDermott draws Raven in bold black, red, green, and blue in a style similar to that of totem pole carvings. Even as a young, human boy, McDermott maintains this color scheme, signaling to young readers that this toddler is really Raven. McDermott includes other visual cues that connect the boy to the Raven. Contrasting to the Raven's vibrancy, the soft, pastel landscapes of the Sky Chief's house emphasis tranquility and security. The plank house glows with muted yellows, oranges, and browns. Even my 18 month-old daughter commented that each page seemed to get "lighter". The interactions between the boy-Raven and his mother are delightful, creating intimacy and warmth. The last image of the Sky Chief's daughter as she watches her "son" fly away with the sun suggests love and amazement instead of disappointment. I think younger readers will enjoy this tale especially because the "toddler" tricks the adults into giving him what he wants. Older readers will appreciate the message about helping others.My one concern, though, about this text is the lack of recommendation from Native American sources. I could not find a review from that perspective. Because I lack deep cultural understanding, I don't know if McDermott's retelling and illustrations of this tale are accurate and respectful renditions. To give it a higher rating, I would like that confirmation. OYATE -- a website authored by the Native American community and dedicated to highlighting such cultural sensitive representations of Native Americans in children's books is under reconstruction.

  • Traci Bold
    2018-11-17 19:17

    A spry tale from the Pacific Northwest Territory about the sun came to be in the sky and how Raven put it there.Clever and mischievous. Written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott, published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.#PB #NativeAmericanTale #raven

  • *~Lan Lan~*
    2018-11-17 13:34

    Loved this book as a child.

  • Cody
    2018-11-13 12:28

    Good-ish? I think....Has it really been over 10 yrs since I thought about this book?

  • SamZ
    2018-11-16 12:33

    1994 Caldecott Honor - Favorite Illustration: when Raven is sitting on the pine tree, watching the Sky Chief's daughter by the river.I feel like if McDermott hadn't included his note that 'Raven is the central character in most Native American myths and tales [in the Pacific Northwest], and just told this story that it would have been much better received. The fact that McDermott tries to set himself up as an expert on Native American stories, but does no research (or at least doesn't seem to rely on research or share sources) is what makes him so frustrating.However, if this story is just taken as a children's story of how Raven brought light to the earth, I rather enjoy it. The illustrations, especially are amazing. I love the way everything is depicted in such soft and beautiful illustrations while Raven himself is so graphic and stylized. It really makes him stand out. So, while the illustrations are worthy of the honor, I almost wish the Caldecott committee would just disqualify McDermott's controversial work outright.

  • Tatiana
    2018-12-01 20:08

    Raven, the Native American trickster, feels sorry for those who must live in darkness, and he decides to help. Raven flies over mountains, valleys, and lakes to discover that light is being kept hidden inside the house of the Sky Chief. Using his cleverness, Raven is reborn as the Sky Chief’s grandchild and uses his access to bring light to the world. The people fed Raven fish to thank him for giving them light.I remember reading this book as a young child. During that time, I lived in the Pacific Northwest and was enamored with the art and culture of the Native Americans based in that area. I was thrilled to share it with my second grade small group today as part of a guided reading lesson. The lesson was observed by one of my professors. All went well, but I was most happy when two students told me afterwards that they plan to check the book out of their school library to read it again! Encouraging more reading is always my goal!

  • Dolly
    2018-11-19 15:32

    This is a fascinating folktale that talks about how humans got light in the world. It has interesting illustrations and a simple enough narrative that most children can understand and enjoy. This book was selected as one of the books for the November 2016- Caldecott Honor discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2018-12-03 19:26

    When the raven becomes a child, he looks like the main character in Tony Baloney to me. I thought the fact that he came into the world because a girl drank a pine needle was weird, but I guess that’s not any stranger than the idea of a stork, and it’s definitely more kid-friendly than a lot of the alternatives. I definitely think the illustrations outshine the story in this case, however. The story didn’t feel logical to me.

  • Rll52013_andrea
    2018-11-28 17:05

    This book was another disappointment. Some of the illustrations, those without people, were beautiful. However, the people in the tale were shown cartoony and the story was not told with a voice that was believable as a Native American folktale narrator. The baby is said to have cried, "Ga!" muliple times, for example, as he toddles across the floor with a baby's body and a beak nose. Skip this one for sure.

  • Judy
    2018-12-01 16:17

    Alternative title: How the Sun came to be in the skyThis is a colorful intro to the native peoples of the NW. We often see ravens (as well as crows) when we're in the mountains, so the kids will be able to connect with this familiar bird.

  • Beverly
    2018-11-30 20:24

    In spite of all the criticisms of this book, I love the story and the illustrations. Gerald McDermott is one of the few author/illustrator's whose stories are short enough to share with preschool children. Most picture book folk tale books are too wordy for preschoolers.

  • Kara
    2018-11-21 13:04

    A tale of a trickster god who pulls quite the long con in order to bring light to humans. Very cool artwork done in the syle of the Pacific NorthWest native wood carvings.

  • MaryJane
    2018-11-22 20:21

    I read this to some kindergardeners today. It is a useful introduction to the story of Raven bringing light to the People. Strongly colored artwork makes this a good book to share in a group.

  • Christianna Woodling
    2018-11-28 20:19

    Title: Raven A Trickster Tale From The Pacific NorthwestAuthor: Gerald McDermottGenre: Myth Themes: Trickery, generosity, light and dark, motherhoodOpening line: Raven came. All the world was in darkness. Brief Summary: Raven came and there was no light in the world, all was dark. He noticed a light coming from a house where he saw a young girl drinking water. He turned into a pine needle and she drank him and soon gave birth to Raven in the form of a boy. Raven unlocked a box in the house that was the source of light. It was the sun and he turned back into a raven and carried the sun to the sky and gave everyone light. Professional Review 1: CLCD-Kirkus Reviewshttp://www.clcd.com.ezaccess.librarie..."Caldecott Medalist McDermott illustrates it with handsome mixed-media art. Raven, a bold pattern of red, blue, and green on black, refers directly to the familiar totem pole figure; the landscape is a lovely, understated expanse of watercolor; the stylized sky people, in gentle earth tones, are at once decorative, warmly benevolent, and sculpturally heroic."Professional Review 2: CLCD-Jan Lieberman (Children's Literature) http://www.clcd.com.ezaccess.librarie..."Stylized designs reflect the patterns and motifs of the Pacific Northwest Native Americans."Response to Reviews: I have become a fan of Gerald McDermott. I have read two of his books for this set of reading logs and I love how accurate he displays cultures. Even between Anansi and Raven the difference in illustration is exceptional at how it is very different for each, but reflects African and Native American culture perfectly. Just by looking at the cover of Raven a reader can immediately tell that Native American culture is being represented. The use of water colors for the landscapes of the book and the earthy tones to represent the sky people is exceptional. I think this book is a great representation both of this myth and of the culture being represented. Evaluation of Literary Elements: I feel that I am being a bit repetitive, but I truly do believe that the illustrations of McDermott are what make his books so exceptional. Not only the cultural appropriation but the connections in this story through illustration (one of Molly Bang's principles) is noteworthy. Raven is red, blue and green with a tribal style design. After giving birth to Raven as a boy his mother begins wearing a shaw that consists of the same style patterns of Raven but in much for earthy tones (blue, brown, tan). This both connects Raven to his mother but also keeps them separated. The box containing the sun is also illustrated in the same pattern and colors of Raven to show their importance connection. Instructional Application: I think that I would actually use this book to teach my students about myths. I would read the story aloud and then open discussion about what students think a myth is. I would explain that it is a story typically from early people that explains some kind of natural or social phenomenon. I would then have students choose a phenomenon and as a writing project create their own myths based off what they learned from the story and also from our discussion. I would extend this lesson for a week and also share myths from other cultures as well.

  • HaileyKotkin
    2018-11-23 15:30

    In a spectacular tale of adventure, the book Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest by Gerald McDermott is a treat to the eyes and soul. This is absolutely one of my all time favorite children’s books. The story is imaginative and told in such a way that readers cannot help but read to the end and find out what happens. It follows the mysterious character named Raven who seeks light for the world. When he locates the location of the light, he does the most unimaginable thing possible to get close to it. What does he do, and what will he do when he finds the light? Surely the most noticeable thing about is is the sharp patterns and contrasting colors of the raven’s feathers. Seeing his patterns in comparison to the surroundings immediately designates him as the main character and the most important one at that. There are a few questions the story does not answer. We are never told why the Chief had hidden the sun, or how his daughter felt about her son turning into a Raven. It also makes the main character into a Robin Hood type of character. The final act he commits is one deemed wrong by society but is done for the greater good. This kind of situation is a good way to start a conversation with the kids. Should he have done what he did? Is he the good guy or bad guy?Even though this book classifies as a multicultural book, most of this is developed solely in the pictures. The text is quite simplistic and does not use any words a child would be unfamiliar with besides “Chief” and “Elders”. It is evident that the specific culture was meant to be displayed in the details of the pictures, primarily the clothing the humans wore, settings, and chosen patterns. In fact, unless an adult chose to point out that the title included the words “From the Pacific Northwest”, children would not be aware of its intended culture otherwise. The artwork is particularly interesting, because the settings are drawn to look as if they might fade away into the sky. Perhaps the author used a sponge to create this style, but it is extremely effective because it contrasts with the sharp lines of the main bird character. In every scene he is drawn in, his clothing and feathers are the most brilliantly colored and the first things young readers will notice. There are no borders on any of the pages, because the author wants readers to feel like they are flying with Raven on his adventures. The font style matches the style of the drawings and is almost calming to see it interact with the pictures. It seems to be in bold print, similar to how the lines of the bird are drawn. Overall, the book’s pictures and words mesh perfectly together, and it is easy to see how this one the Caldecott Award.

  • Tanner Markle
    2018-12-05 14:06

    Title: Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific NorthwestAuthor: Gerald McDermottGenre: MythologyTheme(s): Generosity, CaringOpening line/sentence: Raven came. All the world was in darkness.Brief Book Summary: Raven feels badly for the people who lived in the dark and ventures out to bring them light. After finding the Sky Chief and his daughter, Raven is able to capture the sun and throw it out into the sky.Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Betsy Hearne (The Bulletin of the Center for Children s Books, June 1993 (Vol. 46, No. 10)) Raven came. All the world was in darkness. The sky above was in darkness. The waters below were in darkness. Men and women lived in the dark and cold. Raven was sad for them. He said, 'I will search for light.'" In frugal, measured phrases, Gerald McDermott describes Raven's flight to the lodge of the Sky Chief. There Raven changes shape to become a pine needle floating down into the water, which the daughter of the Sky Chief drinks. Reborn as a child who delights the Sky Chief, Raven begs for the sun, and-once it's uncovered from its box within a box within a box-steals it and throws it into the sky. This Native American myth echoes with imagery of getting inside things in order to get things outside, a theme dynamically tuned to the reversible role of a trickster-hero. And like all trickster heroes, Raven has a savior aspect. The parallels with Christian theology include a virgin birth, with a redeemer who gives light to the world. Raven appears as a painted-wood totem superimposed on natural backgrounds, just as stories are superimposed on life to explain and pattern it. McDermott's seasoning as an illustrator shows in the understated humor here; Native American lore translated into picture book format is too often reverentially serious. The brilliantly patterned Raven-child, taking his first steps and throwing a temper tantrum to get what he wants, contrasts vividly with the foggy gouache landscapes, in themselves a departure from the artist's characteristic sharp edges. Primary blues and reds dominate the spreads until Raven finds the sun, whereupon pale shades begin to dawn toward a climactic yellow glow so intense that the sun comes as a white-hot surprise. Raven's transformations are cleverly devised by the coordination of visual image, page design, and wording. To show a progression of events across a double spread without confusing young viewers is always a technical challenge: Raven rolls the sun-ball across the floor in the verso ("Ga! Ga!"), begins changing into a bird in the first half of the facing picture ("Ha! Ha!"), and flies full fledged with the sun in the right-hand segment ("Caw! Caw!"). Each panel deepens in hue and moves the central figure higher on the page, with textual blocks used for balance.Calmer in tone and rounder in shapes than McDermott's fast-paced, angular Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa (BCCB 9/92), this has the same kind of introductory note giving some background on the story without naming any specific tribal groups or citing printed sources, which would have been helpful in assessing the adaptation. This is a common problem in evaluating picture book folklore, a fast-growing genre in children's literature; five of the thirteen reviewed in this issue lack adequate source notes. As a knowledgeable disciple of Joseph Campbell and an innovative creator of picture books, McDermott can contribute more of what he knows within the admittedly limited space of an authorial note. What's impressive about his Raven is the respectful simplicity of the telling and the clarity of the graphic interpretation. Spare enough verbally to use with young listeners, whom he involves with occasional questions ("Who do you think the child was? . . . What do you think the ball was? . . . And why do the people always feed Raven?"), and spare enough visually to succeed with groups, this is like the very nest of boxes that holds the sun-there's more revealed with each opening of the book. R*--Highly recommended as a book of special distinction. (c) Copyright 1993, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1993, Harcourt, 32p, $14.95. Ages 4-6 yrs. (PUBLISHER: Harcourt (San Diego:), PUBLISHED: 2001 c1993.) Professional Recommendation/Review #2: Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1993) Hero and mischief-maker Raven is central to Native American myths of the Pacific Northwest, as McDermott explains in a gracefully written note. Here, he's a cunning trickster who brings the marvelous gift of light to the world. Turning himself into a pine needle, Raven is swallowed by the Sky Chief's daughter and reborn as her son. He finds the sun hidden away in a box, resumes the shape of Raven, seizes the sun in his beak, and throws it into the sky. Retelling the tale with elegant simplicity, Caldecott Medalist McDermott illustrates it with handsome mixed-media art. Raven, a bold pattern of red, blue, and green on black, refers directly to the familiar totem pole figure; the landscape is a lovely, understated expanse of watercolor; the stylized sky people, in gentle earth tones, are at once decorative, warmly benevolent, and sculpturally heroic. A splendid setting for an important myth. 1993, HBJ, $14.95. Starred Review. © 1993 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved. (PUBLISHER: Harcourt (San Diego:), PUBLISHED: 2001 c1993.) Response to Two Professional Reviews: These reviews go above and beyond at describing this book and even helped me to discover items I previously had not considered. I agree with both reviews in their favoritism of this portrayal of Native American mythology. I find that the book does indeed lead to new discoveries each time it is opened and would be a great cultural component for the classroom.Evaluation of Literary Elements: As shown in the reviews above this book is rich in cultural ties & symbolism. What you cannot find directly in the text you can discover in the illustrations. This book has made many connections across platforms of mythology & religion in both the vivid illustrations and intriguing writing style. Consideration of Instructional Application: As mentioned with my previous Gerald McDermott book, this would also be included into my "trickster tale" unit. With the deep ties in religious & Native American culture I would have the students identify beliefs/items within their own lives they hold as important. The have the students bring this important items into their "trickster tales".

  • Stefanie Burns
    2018-11-28 20:33

    North American tale about Raven. The author includes a note on the back of the title page informing the reader that Raven is common in Native American tales. He is sly and giving. When I visited Alaska a raven was on many art work and totem poles.In this story Raven realizes the whole world is dark and vows to bring light for the people and animals. He spy's light in the Sky Chief's home. He transforms himself into a pine needle and Sky Chiefs's daughter swallows the needle. Some time later she gives birth to a baby boy who looks a lot like Raven. After some time he finds the 'ball of light,' the sun, and places it in the sky. That was a poor retelling by me, but essentially that's what happened.It's a beautifully illustrated book. Raven's colors of black, red, green, and blue are striking and him as a little baby is adorable. The people have handsome Native American features. Overall, great tale that is attractive and interesting.

  • Lara
    2018-11-26 18:31

    I liked this one better than another McDermott book I've read, Arrow to the Sun. This one at least has a 'point' to the story. The illustrations are again very stylized, reflecting art from the region in question. I never felt with this one that you struggled to understand what was being depicted (a problem I encountered more than once in Arrow to the Sun). Again, there's a lot of controversy about this one, and how much explanation and credit and historical or cultural notation is given by the author. Other reviewers again have more knowledge of the specific cultures in question, if you are curious. For a preschool story time, this seems a simple enough story to introduce kids to mythology and legends beyond their usual. For older kids, you could start incorporating the discussions on culture and history that McDermott kinda glossed over in his brief note at the beginning of the book.

  • Mollie Brandt
    2018-12-04 15:15

    This book falls under traditional children's literature as a myth. It is very well paced throughout it's entirety and has a very uplifting theme throughout. This traditional Native American tale is very well translated into a story for young learners. I think this will certainly spark imagination for kids with its' explanation for how the sun was brought into the sky. Myths like these from other cultures are important to share with kids so they have a more broad understanding of how different people are, and how different peoples' beliefs may be. This book is very beautifully illustrated and has a nice contrast of bright colors with the very earthy tones of the people and the setting. The simple word use and pictures would be very attractive to younger children.

  • Micha O'Connor
    2018-12-06 18:07

    The Caldecott is awarded yearly for the most distinguished picture book, and McDermott’s distinctive art and beautiful writing has won three times! This tale from the Pacific Northwest depicts the legend of how the raven stole the sun and gave light to the sky. This sort of origin story is called a porquoi tale, and is present in many cultures around the world. The raven is particularly important to the tribes of the northwest, and he is found frequently in totems, jewelry, and other artworks. A trickster, he has the ability to shapeshift, be both brave and cunning. You will surely love this book as I do, as well as the rest of McDermott’s works!

  • Heather
    2018-11-23 15:04

    Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest told and illustrated by Gerald McDermot tells how the Raven tricked the Sky Chief and stole the sun giving it to the world and bringing us light. The illustrations are mostly beautiful watercolor landscapes and depictions of the people of the Sky Chief’s tribe with excellent use of light and shadow. However the brightly colored and geometric shapes of the Raven stick out from the rest of the scenes on every page. This is an excellent book for read alouds to early elementary and middle grade children who would enjoy the fun trickster characters and the colorful illustrations.

  • Maria Rowe
    2018-11-17 16:15

    • 1994 Caldecott Honor Book •The art in "Raven" is gorgeous but the story is kind of strange... The young woman has a child with a pine needle, and her son (Raven) steals from her and her father... I like the premise of retelling a Native folktale but I wish there'd been more detail, I guess? It felt like the setting and pictures could have been anywhere. Materials used: gouache, colored pencil, pastel on heavyweight cold-press watercolor paperTypeface used: text: Mixage • display: Mixage & Newtext

  • Hannah
    2018-11-16 14:31

    Cool story about a tale that we, in America, probably didn't know. Book follows a shape-shifting bird who changes into something small enough for the princess to swallow, resulting in the princess' pregnancy and birth of a raven-haired boy. He finds the light and steals it and puts it in the sky so everyone can use it. Cool that there are questions in the book for an interactive read-aloud.

  • Trevor
    2018-12-04 20:14

    This book is a great little folk tale of sorts. I'm sure that children, the younger they are the better, would find this story charming, cute, and funny. I love the color of the illustrations and the illustrations overall. Raven turning into a child only to steal the light is quite the twist. Overall I gave it 4 stars because the ending is left open with the tribal people.

  • Emma Zvonar
    2018-11-28 12:29

    This book includes illustrations that match cultural art from the Pacific Northwest which makes the book unique. The illustrations help readers understand the meaning behind the tale. This would be a great book to use while discussing various art forms from different cultures, or a lesson on genres like folktales.

  • Tarin Cosby
    2018-11-18 16:09

    This book is about a Raven who wants to bring light to the world. The Raven transforms into different things and eventually puts the sun into the sky. This is a story about the creation of the world the way it is today. This would be a good book to introduce kids to different cultures and what they believe/believed in.

  • Stevie Cupp
    2018-11-13 19:14

    I really didn't enjoy this book. I feel like it is a great example of what a folklore book looks like. The illustrations were beautiful, I just didn't enjoy the storyline as much. I understand that it's a story that was told verbally long before it was written, so the weird concept does make sense.

  • Kaelin Miller
    2018-12-07 17:14

    I thought this book was a great folk tale explaining how the sun originated. Raven is a great story to read to the children to teach them about folk tales. I liked the art, and I grew fond of it. It gives you that folklore feel to it.