The Canyon

The Canyon

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552099376
  • 9780552099370

Review Text

There is a folk lore telling to this Indian story which gives it a quality of universality, and in turn points to the message that man cannot live alone. For Little Bear felt the scars of being an orphan, having short legs and not wanting to be a warrior, and none of his feats of riding or hunting could compensate. A visit to the wise man sends him to a four day rite of starvation, during which he falls into the hidden canyon and there- in spite of a broken leg- proves his ability to survive. He heals his leg, kills buffalo for food and clothing, fights a puma, and finally discovers a way out. His search for a wife ent??ils courage and daring but Spotted Turtle is willing to return to the canyon with him. All goes well until their son is born and dies, and Little Bear makes the hard decision to leave the place he loves for the happiness of his wife and his children to come.... A legendary feeling to the detail of Indian life and ways, a deep sense of Indian psychology and character give this simple tale depth and vision. Schaefer is well remembered for Shane. (Kirkus Reviews)show more