Morning On The Lake
Morning on the Lake
In the first of three linked stories, a young boy and his grandfather set out in a birchbark canoe early one spring morning. Together, they discover the peaceful beauty of the lake. In the second story, the sun rises high in the summer sky as they climb a rocky cliff for a bird's-eye view of the land. And, finally, as an autumn night descends, they venture into the woods. Under the patient and gentle guidance of his grandfather, the boy gradually comes to respect the ways of nature and to understand his own place in the world.
From Publishers Weekly
In overly lengthy prose, a Native American boy relates his encounters with wild creatures in three episodes: "Morning," "Noon" and "Night." Under the tutelage of his grandfather, the boy discovers mystical bonds with various animals Waboose's (Where Only the Elders Go-Moon Lake Loon Lake) wordy narrative often bumbles its mystical purpose (e.g., when an eagle swoops down toward the boy, "I feel talons combing through my hair with a gentleness I cannot explain"), and at times may even confuse readers (e.g., in two separate tales, the boy says morning, then night, "is [Grandfather's]...