The Hunter’s Promise: An Abenaki Tale

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There was a hunter who always went hunting. One year while he was hunting he was lonely. That night when he came back to his camp he found food waiting for him. This happened over and over. Finally he met the woman who was making him food, and she became his wife. In the spring he had to go home, but the woman told him not to forget him. The next time he went hunting, he found the woman again, and she had their son, who grew really fast. But when he went home that time, the chief’s daughter said she wanted to marry him, so she put a spell on him so would forget his first wife. Then he went hunting again, and when he saw his wife, he remembered, and so he walked away from the chief’s daughter and turned into a moose.

This book has pictures that are Indian pictures with brown and orange trees like in the fall, because that’s when the hunter goes hunting. My favorite picture is the last one, where the moose walk away. I like this story because the man loves his wife and because they turn into moose, but it is kind of sad too.

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Author Joseph Bruchac, Bill Farnsworth, Illustrator
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 32 pages
Publisher Wisdom Tales
Publish Date 07-Sep-2015
ISBN 9781937786434
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Issue October 2015
Category Children's


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