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Rabbit's Snow Dance
ISBN: 9780803732704
Author: Bruchac, James/ Bruchac, Joseph/ Newman, Jeff (ILT
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Published: November 2012
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: A long-tailed rabbit who wants a nibble of the highest, tastiest leaves uses his special snow song in the summertime, despite the protests of the other animals.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Country & Ethnic
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World | Weather
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Rabbits
Library of Congress Subjects:
Iroquois Indians; Folklore.
Dewey: 398.2089/9755
LCCN: 2011051716
Lexile Measure: 640
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Target Grade: Preschool
Grade level: Preschool
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 9.00" W
Bargain Category: Picture Books, Early Elementary, Animals
Grade level(s): Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Joseph Bruchac and James Bruchac are a father-son storytelling pair. They share a deep commitment to the preservation of the Abenaki Indian culture and traditions, which is part of their heritage. Joseph is the award-winning author of more than 120 books for children and adults. James is not only an author, but also a wilderness survival expert. They both live in Greenfield Center, New York.

Jeff Newman is the author and illustrator of many books for kids, including Hippo! No, Rhino; The Boys; and Hand Book. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with his wife and son.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
The Bruchacs retell a pourquoi tale that the elder included in two previous collections ([cf2]Iroquois Stories[cf1] and [cf2]The Boy Who Lived with the Bears[cf1]). This version differs significantly--unfortunately, there's no source note. Shorter sentences and more patterning and repetition make this a good preschool read-aloud. The watercolor, gouache, and ink illustrations' classic mid-twentieth-century style echoes Simont, Hurd, and Weisgard.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2012 #6)
Joseph Bruchac and his son James team up to retell a pourquoi tale that the elder Bruchac has included in two previous collections of Iroquois stories -- as "Rabbit and the Willow Tree" in Iroquois Stories: Heroes and Heroines, Monsters and Magic (Crossing Press, 1985) and as "Rabbit's Snow Dance" in The Boy Who Lived with the Bears, and Other Iroquois Stories (HarperCollins, 1995). Unfortunately, there's no note in this edition to cite the original source, as one would expect from such an experienced storyteller. The tale itself deals with Rabbit's selfish desire for out-of-season snow so he can reach the tasty buds at the top of the willow tree, also explaining how Rabbit loses his long bushy tail in the process. The version created for this picture-book retelling differs significantly from Bruchac's other two, even the 1995 version that bears the same name. Sentences are shorter here, and there is more patterning and repetition, making it a good choice for a preschool read-aloud. Several animal characters have been added to the story -- those that like the summer snow and those that don't. But the most notable part of the book is its illustrations, rendered in watercolor, gouache, and ink, which have a classic mid-twentieth-century style that echoes Marc Simont, Clement Hurd, and Leonard Weisgard. kathleen t. horning Copyright 2012 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 October #4)

The father-and-son storytelling team behind Raccoon's Last Race and Turtle's Race with Beaver return with their version of a traditional Iroquois tale. While the Bruchacs reach back hundreds of years for the source of their story, Newman's influences are comparatively modern—think Mary Blair with a touch of Hanna-Barbera. Set back when Rabbit had a "very long, beautiful tail," the story follows the selfish, impatient animal's attempts to conjure a massive midsummer snowstorm (rabbit's big snowshoe-like feet allow him to hop atop the snow and reach "tasty leaves and buds" more easily). His chanting and drumming do the trick, creating so much snow that it covers the treetops and causes difficulties for the small animals; the summer sun that rises the next day, however, brings about rabbit's comeuppance and costs him his tail. Rabbit and the other animals don't always look consistent from page to page, as though Newman couldn't quite settle on a style, but his paintings are nonetheless a welcome departure from the stodgier artwork that can often accompany myths and folk tales. Ages 3–5. (Nov.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 November)

K-Gr 2—One summer, a bratty white rabbit longs to hop on snowbanks to reach high buds and leaves in the trees. He speeds through the forest, chanting the song he uses each winter to bring snow. Despite complaints by Chipmunk, Squirrel, Bear, Turtle, Beaver, and Moose, the frenzied song is soon accompanied by drum as Rabbit dances in a circle, "'EE-OOO!' Thump! Thump! 'EE-OOO!' Thump! Thump! 'Yo, Yo, Yo!'" Snow begins to fall quickly, and Rabbit doesn't stop until only treetops are visible. Exhausted, he takes a nap and continues to sleep even as the summer sun melts the snow. Finally awake, the mischief maker falls from the trees, each branch on the way down shredding clumps of his formerly long tail into pussy willows, leaving him only the tiny pom-pom. And that is how the rabbit's tail becomes a powder puff. The Bruchacs promise that Rabbit still loves the snow but has learned to be patient until winter. This modern retelling maintains their solid reputation for keeping Native American tales fresh. Newman's watercolor, gouache, and ink illustrations are cheery, flourished cartoons in simple compositions.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

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