Bears Make Rock Soup and Other Stories

by Lise Erdrich and Lisa Fifield

Artist Lisa Fifield’s watercolor paintings and quilts have earned her an international... read more

Artist Lisa Fifield’s watercolor paintings and quilts have earned her an international reputation. Here Fifield, an enrolled member of the Wisconsin Oneida Nation, shares paintings that reflect her “vision of people and animals helping each other.” Her lovely and dramatic images are inspired by Indian stories and traditions. They feature Native peoples interacting with creatures of the natural world in scenes that reflect the sense of balance that occurs when the two are in harmony. Writer Lise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Plains Ojibway, has written brief, single-page stories to accompany each of Fifield’s richly hued, earth-tone paintings. The narratives, also drawn from Native lore and traditions, give children the means of entering each of the paintings more deeply. They also capture a sense of the oral tradition that has sustained the many stories that inspired both the artist and the author of this work. (Ages 7-10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2003

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