Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws, vol. 4: "Tall Tale"

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Modeled on the popular Asterix Adventures, these Ojibwe-centric graphic novels are set in 18th Century colonized North America, where Ojibwe brothers deal with their land-hungry new neighbors.



Modeled on the popular Asterix Adventures, these Ojibwe-centric graphic novels are set in 18th Century colonized North America. The protagonists are Ojibwe brothers dealing, in their inimitable ways, with their land-hungry new neighbors. Rabbit is a shrewd, cunning little guy, a headstrong kid who often confuses bravery with bravado. His younger brother, Bear Paws, is way larger and stronger, kind of gullible, and always ready to pull Rabbit out of a scheme-gone-awry. The two are good, likable kids, sprinkling themselves with spirit powder to transform into animals, trying to get out of trouble, trying to get out of chores, and generally remembering the old stories and the traditional lessons they impart.

In Tall Tale, it is month of the Berry Moon and our heroes Rabbit and Bear Paws are helping gather the berry harvest. But a late night attack of the munchies sends Rabbit out for a midnight snack which (no surprise) gets him into a pickle. Instead of fessing up from the get go, Rabbit spins a Tall Tale that spins more and more out of control, until finally he learns the importance of honesty.

Young readers will enjoy following the adventures of Solomon’s and Meyer’s energetic young characters, and the joking and ironic word-plays between the Ojibwe adults and children and animals. Solomon’s appealing artwork is uncluttered, with light, bright colors and minimal inking; the font is a good size for the dialogue and the panels are easy to follow.

 

Author: Chad Solomon (Ojibwe) and Christopher Meyer

Illustrations: Color drawings by Chad Solomon

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 2010

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Ojibwe