On Mondays, I connect with a group that reviews books they want to share. I love learning about others' favorite books, adding to my own TBR list. I discover books I wouldn't otherwise on this day.
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I remember houses in my growing up, and those I lived in with my husband, what we did to make them special for us. Here is one. We bought a house lakeside once, that had started out as a small cabin, that "inner room with a fireplace." The part I know about this house, ONCE was that the people who built it used stones from the lake's edge to build the floor to ceiling fireplace. It was gorgeous. By the time we moved there, the inner part was surrounded by bedrooms and baths, two porches and a kitchen. We added a deck and a new dock for our boat. Lake living was our home, once.
This is a book that is an unexpected story about a family that lives far in the north, written and illustrated by award-winning artists who are Canadian. The unexpected is that it is told in both English and Cree, the family's language. There is only this family who live in a tent on different lakes during the summer. While the parents fish, two brothers play. They create their own toys like dolls from sticks and imagine stories with them. A number of animals become their pets as the babies grow up--loons, squirrels, even baby eagles are included as some of their play. But the biggest fun is when they tie tiny threads to the bodies of dragonflies and run with them as kites. As a part of the magic, the book ends with the boys' dreams, flying high off the ground with those "dragonfly kites". Illustrations amaze with the creation of simple cut-outs that show the beauty of the outdoors and the boys' play.