The Enchanted Caribou

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Oxford University Press, 1985 - Indians of North America - 30 pages
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Illustrated entirely with black-and-white shadow puppets, this tale recounts the enchantment of an Inuit maiden who is transformed into a white caribou and then back into a woman. When Elizabeth Cleaver discovered this old Inuit tale, she thought how well it was suited to shadow puppets since the shadow theatre is ideal for showing dreams, visions, and magical happenings like a human turning into an animal. She decided to retell the story and to create shadow puppets to illustrate each episode. This engaging book is the result In addition to a charming story and striking illustrations, the book includes instructions for making a shadow-puppet theatre to animate this and other stories.

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About the author (1985)

Elizabeth Cleaver's colourful collage illustrations-in The New Wind Has Wings, ABC, How Summer Came to Canada, The Loon's Necklace, The Mountain Goats of Temlaham, and The Fire Stealer, as well as in The Miraculous Hind and Petrouchka (both of which she wrote)-brought her international recognition. For her illustrations in The Wind Has Wings: Poems from Canada (edited by Mary Alice Downie and Barbara Robertson) she was awarded the first Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon medal for illustration by the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians, and for Petrouchka she was awarded the Canada Council Children's Literature Prize.

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