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For generations, the Native people of the Northern Plains have told the legend of Qu'Appelle. In this famous love story, a young brave must leave his betrothed to lead a war party against the Blackfoot. Heartbroken by his absence, she falls sick, calls out for her love, and dies. Cree elders say that if you go out onto the prairies and listen, you can still hear the brave ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 24th 2002 by Raincoast Books
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Manybooks
Jul 05, 2010 Manybooks rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in North American Folklore
If I could give this superb picture book retelling of the Cree folktale of Qu'appelle more than five stars, I would. A famous First Nations love story, a young warrior must leave his betrothed to go to war, and heartbroken by his absence, she dies, calling out his name. According to Cree elders, if you go out on the Saskatchewan prairies, you can still hear the young warrior searching for his lost love, calling out "Qui appelle" (who is calling).

Although the text of Qu'appelle is emotional and
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Carolynne
Oct 14, 2015 Carolynne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Malinda Maynor Lowery
Recommended to Carolynne by: Manybooks
Childhood friends growing up in the same Cree home become so close that when they are young adults and Ikvic leaves for war against other Indians, Witonia is so lonely and desolated that she cannot bear their separation. She gives up and dies while her love is rushing to be at her side. Alas he arrives too late. But on his journey he hears her call his name and replies, "Qui appelle?" (Who is calling?). And travelers who walk through the Qu'Appelle Valley in Manitoba and Saskatchewan can sometim ...more
Lisa Vegan
Aug 11, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lisa by: Manybooks
Thank you, Gundula for alerting me to this book!

I wasn’t in the mood for either a love story or a war story, and this is both, but I’d just returned from an evening at the opera so it seemed fitting to read this, and I’m trying to finish my at home library borrowed picture books before I pick up my copy of Mockingjay Tuesday morning. Another book with love & war elements, actually.

The illustrations are absolutely stunning. Many of the pictures would be welcomed as paintings on my walls. They
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A young warrior must leave his wife for war. But she loves him so much that she cannot live without him. Upon returning home, the young warrior discovers his wife passed away while calling out his name.

This is a retelling of a Cree folktale. David Bouchard tells this beautifully sad tale with poetry and he does it quite well. It is a tale of love, loss and rememberance.

I recommend this book to those who like poetry, folktales and Native American/First Nations stories.
LauraW
Jul 06, 2011 LauraW rated it really liked it
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Beautiful rendering of a Cree Indian legend. It is almost too sad for me, though.
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Canadian Métis author and literacy advocate David Bouchard has produced more than fifty books for readers of all ages, including two guides on reading for parents and educators.

An erstwhile teacher and school principal, he is particularly concerned with Aboriginal-related issues and is a sought-after speaker for conference keynotes and school presentations and on topics of reading, literacy and ab
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