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Cover of Fox on the Ice / Mahkesís Mískwamíhk E-Cípatapít   Fox on the Ice
Mahkesís Mískwamíhk / E-Cípatapít
Tomson Highway
Illustrations: Brian Deines
Toronto: HarperCollins,
2003. 30 p.
ISBN 0002255324
Ages 8 to 10

One sunny winter afternoon, two brothers go ice fishing with the rest of their family — mother, father, pet dog, and a sled pulled by eight huskies. They enjoy a picnic of bannock baked over an open fire and broiled whitefish, caught right out of the lake. As they begin their afternoon activities of serious fishing or just dozing, a red fox appears and sparks an adventure.

Since the text is presented in English and Cree, older children will be able to note the differences and similarities between the written forms of both languages. Younger children will appreciate the rich details of the exciting story. They will also be intrigued by the illustrations, which reveal the many colours that light and shadow create on snow and ice.

Tomson Highway is one of Canada's most important Aboriginal authors. He writes plays, novels, and children's books. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1994. Fox on the Ice is the third book in his Songs of the North Wind trilogy.


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