What a unique story that will charm anyone. Seldom do people get to hear (read) stories for the northeast native tribes. This one is perfect coming complete with moose. There is magic and spells and so much to intrigue the reader and spark imagination. The pictures are big, bright and full of detail. The ending is a surprise but it’s also perfect. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to share it with my grandchildren. Children will learn loyalties and trust as they explore the hunter’s life and his mysterious wife.
The hunter goes north every fall to trap animals. In the spring he returns to the village with dried meat and furs. One winter a beautiful woman appears and helps him. When he returns to the village she doesn’t go with him but makes him promise to remember her. What happens when he returns?
"Promise to remember me!" was all the beautiful woman had ever said to the hunter. She had appeared from nowhere one day, when he had been lonely during the long winter hunting trip. Isolated in the vast wilderness of the northeast, he would only return to his village in the spring. Except that this year he would not be alone, because she had appeared.
The hunter had quickly fallen in love with the mysterious woman, and together they had become their own little family. But when spring arrived and it was time to return to the village, she disappeared just as suddenly as she had arrived. Would he ever see his love again? The hunter didn’t know, but he was sure he would keep his promise and never forget her. That is, until one day the chief’s daughter cast a spell on him!
World-renowned storyteller Joseph Bruchac retells this traditional story of love, loyalty, trust, and magic, which can be found in various forms among many of the indigenous nations of the northeast, both Iroquoian and Algonquin. Join him and award-winning illustrator Bill Farnsworth, as they recount this ancient and unique Abenaki tale of keeping a promise to one’s family and of the proper relationship of humans to the natural world.
Age Range: 4 - 8 years / Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3