Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Rabbit and Bear Paws - The Voyageurs

I recently had the pleasure of reading volume two of The Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws: The Voyageurs by Chad Solomon and Christopher Meyer. Their latest graphic novel follows the hilarious misadventures of Ojibwa brothers Rabbit and Bear Paws as they embark on an all important journey (see my review of volume one here.) This time they get to experience what it's like to be a Voyageur, by helping to transport Furs from Lake of the Woods to Montreal.

Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed the witty characters and lightheartedness of the book. I was also impressed with how much material is packed into this 32 page volume. It's suspenseful, educational, fun, inspirational and introduces eight year old Joseph Brant (who will later become Chief of the Mohawks.)

I absolutely love how each book is based on the teachings of the Seven Grandfathers. These teachings are basic principles to use as a guide to how to live your life. The Voyageurs concentrates on the Aakdehewin Grandfather, which is Bravery. Throughout the book we see numerous examples of this teaching being taught, from the dangerous journey to Grand Portage, to standing up for what's right. Rabbit and Bear Paws learn a great deal about what it means to be brave and how to cope with certain situations. In addition, it was very interesting learning more about the 18th Century Fur Trade and the trials that the Voyageurs endured, especially in a graphic novel format.

Check out the Rabbit and Bear Paws website for more fun and to purchase the book and other merchandise. Also be sure to check out this YouTube trailer of The Voyageurs graphic novel. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the rest of this unique all ages series.

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