Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Fox on the Ice/mahkesis miskwamihk e-cipatapit by Tomson Highway

This is the third story of Joe and Cody. It is winter and they are ice fishing with their parents. Cody is helping his father with the net and Joe is napping on the sled with his mother. When the sled dogs catch the scent of a fox across the lake and they take up the chase. Unfortunately they are still attached to the sled. Now father and Cody must abandon their net and save the family.
The paintings of their dog Ootsie are so full of expression you can almost imagine him barking in excitement. The painting of father in that split second where he decides to abandon his net and rush after his family shows the anguish of the decision.
The illustrations are by Brian Deines.

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