THE LEGEND OF THE WINDIGO by Gayle Ross

THE LEGEND OF THE WINDIGO

A Tale from Native North America
adapted by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

 From the creators of How Turtle's Back Was Cracked (1995) comes a variant of the widespread Windigo tale, which can be heard from the Tlingit of northwest Canada to the Cree of the eastern woodlands. Ross demonstrates her colorful storytelling in a suspenseful tale about the Windigo, a giant stone creature who is ``taller than the tallest tree,'' can ``change his shape at will,'' and ``feeds on the people.'' When people begin to disappear, the Windigo is near. A young boy inspires the people to outwit the flesh-eating Windigo and reclaim their land; this gripping tale captures the imagination from the outset and quickly moves to a dramatic and surprising conclusion that is similar to that of The Windigo's Return (p. 1057) by Douglas Wood. Jacob conjures up appropriately spooky images rendered in deep-toned acrylics. Swirling skies and verdant forests dance around the people in a primitivist style, perfectly partnered with the pace and voice of the storyteller. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-8037-1897-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1996




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