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Children's Fiction Native American

How Raven Freed the Moon

by (author) Anne Cameron

illustrated by Tara Miller

Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
Initial publish date
Jan 1985
Native American, Native Canadian, Native American
Recommended Age
3 to 6
Recommended Grade
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1985
    List Price

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A beautifully illustrated book for children ages 6 and up relating the classic northwest coast myth telling how Raven, the trickster, freed the moon from the old fisherwoman's cedar chest and carried it to its rightful place in the heavens. Entrancingly retold from the female viewpoint by the celebrated author of Dreamspeaker and Daughters of Copper Woman.

About the authors

Anne Cameron was born in Nanaimo, BC. She began writing at an early age, starting with theatre scripts and screenplays. In 1979, her film Dreamspeaker, directed by Claude Jutra, won seven Canadian Film Awards, including best script. After being published as a novel, Dreamspeaker went on to win the Gibson Award for Literature. She has published more than 30 books, including the underground classic Daughters of Copper Woman, its sequel, Dzelarhons, novels, stories, poems and legends - for adults and children. Her most recent novels are Family Resemblances, Hardscratch Row, and a new, revised edition of Daughters of Copper Woman. She lives in Tahsis, BC

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Tara Miller is a talented artist trained at The Emily Carr School of art in Vancouver.

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Librarian Reviews

How Raven freed the Moon

This classic Northwest coast myth, first published in 1985, is retold from a female perspective, explains how the moon came to be in the sky. Raven, who is a trickster, loved bright, shiny things, and especially wanted the moon. She used her magic to turn herself into a baby, in order to fool the old fisherwoman and her daughter, who were the guardians of the moon.

Cameron, a non-Aboriginal, grew up on Vancouver Island where she met an Aboriginal woman named Klopinum who shared many First Nations myths and legends with her and gave her permission to write them down in order to share them with others. The story is retold for children and this series is beautifully illustrated with black and white drawings.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2008-2009.

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