Bowwow Powwow

by Brenda J Child (Author) Jonathan Thunder (Illustrator)

Bowwow Powwow
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Windy Girl is blessed with a vivid imagination. From Uncle she gathers stories of long-ago traditions, about dances and sharing and gratitude. Windy can tell such stories herself-about her dog, Itchy Boy, and the way he dances to request a treat and how he wriggles with joy in response to, well, just about everything.

When Uncle and Windy Girl and Itchy Boy attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers in their jingle dresses and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars. Now Uncle's stories inspire other visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical scenes, Windy sees veterans in a Grand Entry, and a visiting drum group, and traditional dancers, grass dancers, and jingle-dress dancers-all with telltale ears and paws and tails. All celebrating in song and dance. All attesting to the wonder of the powwow.

This playful story by Brenda Child is accompanied by a companion retelling in Ojibwe by Gordon Jourdain and brought to life by Jonathan Thunder's vibrant dreamscapes. The result is a powwow tale for the ages.

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Review quotes

2020 American Indian Youth Literature Award winner for Picture Book

2019 American Library Association Notable Children's Book

2019 Cooperative Children's Book Center Best of the Year Choice

2019 We Are Kid Lit Collective Summer Reading List 2018 American Indians in Children's Literature Best Books

"Frankly, there's so much I love about this book that I'm not sure where to start!" —Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature

"Simultaneously fanciful and reverent, this is a joyous look at a crucial tradition." —Kirkus

"A sheer delight." —The Circle

Brenda J Child
Brenda Child is professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota and author of Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940, Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community, and My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation, 1900-1940. Jonathan Thunder is a painter, illustrator, animator, designer, and storyteller. View his work at Gordon Jourdain teaches at the Misaabekong Ojibwe Language Immersion program for Duluth Public Schools.
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Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date
May 20, 2018
BISAC categories
JUV013030 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
JUV011040 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Native American
Library of Congress categories
Ojibwa Indians
Ojibwa language
American Indian Youth Literature Award
Winner 2020 - 2020

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