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Murdoch, Patricia.

Illustrated by Kellie Jobson. Toronto, Three Trees Press, 1987. 24pp. paper, ISBN 0-88823-127-X (cloth) $14.95, 0-88823-125-3 (paper) $5.95. Distributed by Firefly Books Ltd. CIP

Pre-school to Grade 3
Reviewed by Elizabeth Lockett

Volume 16 Number 4
1988 July

On a cold winter morning Sharon wakes to find that this is the day when her mother will be flying to the hospital. Sharon's grandmother shows her the wooden cradleboard that grandfather, who died recently, carved for her. All the family miss him.

The next day Sharon hears that she has a baby brother. To celebrate, her father plays the guitar and they sing till bedtime. Sharon is lonely without her mother, so her grandmother teaches her to make bead stars. After a week her mother comes home and Sharon notices that her baby brother has her grandfather's eyes.

Indian children have a special name and an everyday name. Sharon had been named Deep Thinker by her grandfather. The night before her brother's name-day feast, Sharon makes two tiny bead stars for him. Her grandmother names him Boy with the Stars in His Eyes. Her father hugs Sharon and whispers, "Now we can remember your grandfather, but without the sadness."

The drawings, usually surrounded by a stylised border, evoke the mood of the text and complement it perfectly. This story treats the themes of birth and death in a strong, loving, native family with great sensitivity. This book can also be used to introduce Indigenous people's way of life and ways of adjusting to change in a family.

Elizabeth Lockett, Niagara Falls, Ont.
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