THE RAINMAKERS by E.J. Bird

THE RAINMAKERS

Age Range: 10 - 12
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

 The author of The Blizzard of 1896 (1990) and other tall tales of the Old West goes back to an even older West for the story of an Anasazi boy with an unusual friend--an affectionate bear cub that dances when it hears music, bringing good cheer and, without fail, rain as well. Though Bird admits that his anthropology is not up to snuff, and his language has a modern sound (after the bear performs for some hunters, ``they laughed and had a great time''), the bear is an appealing animated character that behaves--and is treated--like a hairy young child. The plot tends to wander, but its mildly humorous course-- punctuated by dramatic incidents (a charging buffalo, a violent thunderstorm)--holds interest. Slight but appealing, a fantasy with an unusual--and particularly well-realized--setting and small illustrations resembling southwestern petroglyphs. (Fiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: April 27th, 1993
ISBN: 0-87614-748-1
Page count: 120pp
Publisher: Carolrhoda
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1993