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Friday, May 11, 2018

Reader's Diary #1820- Raymond Yakeleya (writer), Deborah Desmarais (illustrator): The Tree by the Woodpile

In Raymond Yakeleya's author bio at the back of The Tree by the Woodpile and other Dene Spirit of Nature Tales he writes of Elders passing away and how important it is to keep telling Dene stories. It is in this vein that I admired and enjoyed the three tales in this simply written (aimed at juvenile readers) collection.

With the exception of the 2nd tale (which involves a hunter regretting the killing of a wolf), the stories are not high action but pass on a wealth of invaluable information. I was especially interested in reading about the land around Tulita, Northwest Territories and the perspectives on religion and faith.

I do wish the publishers had had a larger budget however, as it would have been nice to have more art. The illustrations by Deborah Desmarais were really nice but more of them could have helped break up particularly long passages of text. As well, a copy editor may have helped catch a lot of the typos and grammatical issues.

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