4 out of 4 stars
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A young boy, Red Feather, was born in a village in very unusual times. Stories about the Great White Bear circulated, but only they boy came to meet it later in life. So, the tale begins. Typical to most boys, Red Feather wandered around the forest but did so for too long and got lost. He begins finding his way home, but it soon gets dark.
Unfortunately, Red Feather falls off a cliff and rolls severally before stopping. He falls asleep. In his dream, he witnesses a large white bear before him. Luckily for him, the animal does offer protection instead of harm. The bear summons the rest of the animals and delegates duties that would make sure Red Feather is adequately cared for. Suddenly, the boy wakes from his slumber, only to see an old man seated before him. No animals surround him. Will Red Feather get home safe? What does the dream represent?
I loved how Great White Bear looked after Red Feather in the dream. While most wild animals would cause harm, the bear's wisdom could not allow it. Then each animal is assigned a role: getting medicinal leaves, roots, and nuts, among other things. In modern life, each animal's ability represents the abilities various children possess.
The deer would run fast. Some children run faster than others. Some animals would swim in the river to acquire specific plants. The same thing happens in real life, where some kids are born natural swimmers. Other animals would see better at night. Therefore, we should not degrade anyone because we are gifted more than others.
This book suits well as a bedtime story and can be used as a teaching guide in learning institutions. As I found nothing to despise, I award Red Feather and the Great White Bear by Chuck Smithey 4 out of 4 stars. Further, I detected very few errors. We have a well-edited book. I recommend it to kids who love nature, animals, and thought-provoking reads.
Red Feather and the Great White Bear
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