Whetung Ojibwa Centre
Rabbit's Snow Dance
Rabbit’s Snow Dance: A Traditional Iroquois Story is a Hardcover 32-page picture book that explains why rabbits have powder puff tails and how pussy willows came to be. Abenaki storytellers Joseph and James Bruchac cooperate to write this humourous story. They retell this Haudenosaunee legend about Rabbit’s impatience and longing for snow even in the summertime. Rabbit has a long and fluffy tail and he enjoys the tasty leaves on top of willow trees. Rabbit takes his drum and sings a song about the coming of snow. He carries on so much the other animals become annoyed but Rabbit continues. Eventually it begins to snow and snow. Rabbit is truly pleased with himself because the snow is so high he can reach those tasty willow morsels without any effort. Feeling full after his hearty meal, Rabbit snoozes on top of the willow branches. Next morning arrives and the hot summer sun has melted all the snow. Rabbit doesn’t realize that he is high up in the tree and tumbles down to the ground. Along the way his long and fluffy tail becomes caught in the tree branches. When Rabbit realizes what has happened he notices his tail is now a tiny powder puff tail. The fluffy tail bites are now the pussy willows. The whimsical, cartoon-like colour drawings by Jeff Newman capture the humour of the story and bring new life to a traditional story in this highly recommended picture book.