The Raven and the Loon is written by Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley and illustrated by Kim Smith. The book was published in 2013 by Inhabit Media – a wonderful Inuit-focused Canadian publishing house based in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
The Raven and the Loon tells the tale of two birds that are frequent and important features in Canadian First Nations’ myth and legend. In this book, the story relates how the two birds got their black coats and how Loon got her flat feet.
There was Raven.
There was Loon.
Both were plain white.
They were stuck without colour.
Raven, who nobody really liked, is BORED with his plain white feathers. Loon is bored too but she’s contentedly finishing up some sewing, until Raven arrives to pester her. After bothering Loon for some time, Raven has an idea: the two birds agreed to sew each other new and beautiful coats. Unfortunately, Raven is too excited to sit still and not all goes according to plan…
This is a nice little book for young children that incorporates First Nations legend in a humorous narrative voice. Kim Smith’s engaging and dynamic illustrations bring the story to life and thoroughly capture the iconic personalities of the two birds and the playfulness and humour of the tale.