Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Otter, the Spotted Frog and The Great Flood, A Creek Indian Tale by Gerald Hausman

This Indian tale has an otter who might be related to Noah...

Wisdom Tales and Net Galley allowed me to download an ebook of this story for review (thank you).  It was published October 31, 2013, so you can find a copy at your local bookstore now.

A spotted frog warns the otter that a big rain is coming and suggests he makes a raft to keep himself safe.  The otter is not as sure of the rain as the frog, but it's better to be safer than sorry.  He creates the raft as best he can while the other animals laugh at him for being foolish.  Listener begins to wonder if he WAS being silly when the rain starts...

The illustrations in this picture book are lovely.  Ramon Shiloh does a very nice job of drawing natural looking animals that make you think you're out walking in the woods.  Listener reminded me of Noah in some ways.  And the discussion of watching out for the signs of change is pertinent at any time.  We have some environmental challenges facing all of us currently.  Let's hope our raft will stay afloat.

Happy reading.

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