Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws, vol. 5: "Bear Walker"

$12.00 each


Modeled on the popular Asterix Adventures, these Ojibwe-centric graphic novels are set in 18th Century colonized North America.

The protagonists in these Ojibwe-centric graphic novels 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 “The Sugar Bush,” our young heroes encounter a troop of bumbling British soldiers who don’t speak Ojibwe and have no idea how to live on the land.

 In Bear Walker, the first snow of winter has fallen on the village and our heroes Rabbit and Bear Paws set out with their friend Strawberry to do a little tobogganing. As always mischief and adventure are just around the next tree when the kids encounter the mysterious Tall Bear and with the help of their mom, Clover Blossom, learn some important lessons about humility.

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: 2011

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Ojibwe