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Shirley Pheasant Williams
Illustrated by Elizabeth King
Gauthier Lakefield (Ont.), Waapoone Publishing, 1991. 28pp, paper, $6.95
ISBN 0-9692185-5-9. CIP

Kindergarten to Grade 3/Ages 5 to 8

Reviewed by Joan Skogan.

Volume 20 Number 2
1992 March

Ojibway language teacher Shirley Pheasant Williams has carefully set down the story of the crow as her father related it to her when she was a child. Aandeg is written in both Ojibway and English and seems primarily intended for the use of teachers and students in Ojibway immersion programs. Shirley Pheasant Williams has included a one-page outline of the writing system and sounds for the language as well as questions on her text in both Ojibway and English. Pencil drawings by Elizabeth King Gauthier accompany the story of the crow.

The layout of the book is awkward - the story is told in Ojibway, in English, then again in Ojibway accompanied by the drawings - and the references "Odawa" and "Ojibway," used to describe the native language and the people, need explanation for readers unfamiliar with this culture.

Aandeg (The Crow) may be translated into other native languages and dialects, as a closing note suggests in the book. The story, along with the clearly written description of the cover design symbol­izing the spirit of the Ojibway culture, will surely fulfill the writer's goal, "to supply the much needed materials in school."

Joan Skogan, Vancouver, B.C.
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