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Anne Cameron
Illustrated by Gaye Hammond
Madeira Park (B.C.), Harbour Publish­ing, 1991. 30pp, paper, $5.95
ISBN 1-55017-036-8. CIP

Kindergarten to Grade 6/Ages 5 to 11

Reviewed by Patricia Fry.

Volume 20 Number 2
1992 March

With this book, Anne Cameron continues to share the legends of the Pacific Coast Indians first told to her when she was growing up on Vancou­ver Island. In fact, she dedicates Raven Goes Berrypicking to Klopinum, the story-teller who shared so many stories with her and later gave her permission to share them with others.

Raven is clever and tricky - and greedy. In this story, she persuades her friends Gull, Cormorant and Puffin to pick berries with her and tricks them into doing more than their share of work for less than their share of food. In the end, her friends find a clever way to teach Raven an important lesson.

The characters are well drawn and the story moves along in the tradition of a fable. It would be an excellent choice to memorize and tell as a story without the book. On the other hand, if the book is used, Gaye Hammond's black-and-white illustrations will appeal to an audience.

The study of North American native peoples surfaces in many parts of the elementary school curriculum. Conse­quently, this book could be used to augment a history unit or to enhance a writing program.

Many school libraries will already have a selection of Cameron's seven earlier retellings of native myths for children.


Patricia Fry, Port Credit, Ont.
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