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Two Ojibway sisters set off across the frozen north country to see the SkySpirits' midnight dance. It isn't easy for the younger sister to be silent, but gradually she begins to treasure the stillness and the wonderful experiences it brings. After an exhilarating walk and patient waiting, the girls are rewarded by the arrival of the SkySpirits --- the northern lights --- dTwo Ojibway sisters set off across the frozen north country to see the SkySpirits' midnight dance. It isn't easy for the younger sister to be silent, but gradually she begins to treasure the stillness and the wonderful experiences it brings. After an exhilarating walk and patient waiting, the girls are rewarded by the arrival of the SkySpirits --- the northern lights --- dancing and shimmering in the night sky. This powerful story, with its stunning illustrations, captures the chill of a northern night, the warmth of the family circle and the radiance of a child's wonder....

Title : SkySisters
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ISBN : 9781550746990
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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SkySisters Reviews

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-05-03 18:32

    The illustrations are absolutely luminous and beautiful, and the story would not be anywhere near as good without them. A quiet and gentle story about two Ojibway sisters who go out at night to see the northern lights, which they call SkySisters. It’s very sweet, but might be too tame for some children. Children interested in nature, animals, the sky, and/or sisterhood should enjoy this book. I think it’s lovely, and I’d love to see a display of the Aurora Borealis these sisters get to experience.

  • Amy Yount
    2019-04-28 01:25

    (Chapter 8: Recommended Reading)Book Review Sky Sisters is a story about two Ojibway sisters that set out on an annual journey through the snow covered woods to see the Sky spirits dance at midnight. The two girls set out on their adventure with their mothers warning, “Great wisdom comes on silent wings” (Waboose, 2000). The youngest sister has a hard time keeping quiet because of the wonderment that nature holds in the woods. As the girls reach the top of Coyote Hill, just in time, they hear the call of the great coyote and return his call. The girls dance and make snow angles on top of the hill. Finally, the Sky Spirits come to dance across the winter’s sky. A strength that I recognized in this book is the illustrations as the sisters traveled along their journey to Coyote Hill. The illustrator captured the tone and style of the story beautifully. One weakness that I feel that this book has is there is no other reference to the Northern Lights or why they occur. I would recommend this book to colleagues to use as a lesson on chronology of events as well as point of view. The book is currently written in the first person point of view. The first person point of view helps bring the reader into the family and their ancestral history of the journey to the hilltop. It is through Alex’s memory of their mother and aunt’s journey that we learn that it is more than just a midnight stroll in the woods; it is a right of passage. If the point of view of the story were changed to an omniscient point of view, the story would be dramatically changed. The students could rewrite the story through a different point of view or different perspective and discuss their new story and why they chose that point of view. Grade LevelKindergarten through Fourth GradeAwards and Honors*First Nation Communities Read Award (2005)* Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia: Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools – Recommended Reading List (2007)

  • Alex Furlong
    2019-05-02 22:29

    I really enjoyed reading this because it was about two Native American girls, but it took place in the snow, so it was a good mix. Two sisters hike one night to the top of a hill to wait for the Northern Lights. During their climb, they encounter animals and once at the top of the hill listen to coyote. It is nice to see Native Americans represented in modern text. The illustrations were also very vibrant.

  • Hannah Feeney
    2019-05-21 02:07

    Skysisters is about two sisters journey to see the northern lights at the top on Coyote Hill. This story is a great way to show students about another culture. The sisters have so much fun on their journey and we learn about the sisters families and traditions. Illustrations are beautifully colored and truly has the arctic feel to them.

  • Sarah Herb
    2019-05-20 01:30

    This book shows the friendship and love of two sisters. They made such an adventure out of their day and made it seem magical. It is a great read aloud or independent read for many grades and it can be very relateable for children. They can share an experience they've had in the snow or with a sibling.

  • Shannon Futrell
    2019-05-01 22:17

    This book is about two sisters from the Ojibway tribe and their trip to the northern part of the country to see the sky spirits midnight dance. This another great book to explain to students about traditions.

  • Kate
    2019-05-19 00:28

    The mood of this book is very similar to Owl Moon. Two Ojibway sisters out on a winter night waiting to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Particularly liked the girls’ independence on their adventure. Plus beautiful illustrations.

  • Sheila
    2019-05-18 22:23

    Beautiful story of two Ojibway sisters on a wintry night. Powerful imagery and poetic language.

  • Meltha
    2019-05-21 20:21

    This is a wonderful book. Not only are the pictures, story, and characters engaging, but it is such a treat to see Native Americans portrayed in a modern time period. Allie and Alex are two young girls who take a walk in the woods to look for the SkySpirits (Northern lights). They have some sibling rivalry, but they also obviously care for one another and like sharing the time together. The illustrations, done on a fairly rough canvas that gives the impression of snow falling, are lovely and realistic, and the colors are rich and evocative. Again, this is a good example of a picturebook since the illustrations are crucial to understanding the plot of the narrative. The beginning notes also explain how to pronounce the three Ojibway words present in the story. Putting this before the story is read is extremely helpful since it prepares the reader for them rather than the words being sprung on them unexpectedly. Anyone looking for a positive portrayal for children of modern life among the First Nations would do well to use this book.

  • Julian Franklin
    2019-05-03 02:34

    Jan Bourdeau Waboose is a Nishnawbe Ojibway Native American on whom the story is based off of. She ties in experiences from her own childhood of her and her older sister and the Norther Lights. She uses words from her own language- Nishiime, younger sister, Nimise, older sister, and Nokomis, grandmother- to build the story and have a stronger connection to her culture. She is able to captivate children with this thrilling story, and teach about her culture.This book can be used in the classroom to illustrate the importance of the Northern lights to certain cultures. As beautiful as the Northern Lights are, they carry a much greater meaning for the Nishnawbe Ojibway culture and many others. I think it is important to teacher children of important our beautiful Earth is to cultures. She also teaches general lessons of waiting, patience, and the value of silence. These are all important traits children should learn. Creatively and beautifully, Waboose incorporates them into her children's book.

  • Maddy Hay
    2019-05-04 02:26

    Two Sisters journey up Coyote Hill to see the Sky spirits. The big sister leads her youngest up the hill continually reminding her to be quiet as the travel up the mountain. The younger sister has a hard time remember her mother's words that, "Wisdom comes on silent wings", until they reach the top and as they sit in silent the sky spirits come. The youngest sister finds joy in the quiet and in the spirits. They continue to watch and notice the spirits that are dancing are sisters as well!I like this book because it gives a more modern day view of what it looks like to savor traditions like going and looking at the sky spirits. It also is very relatable to children because they themselves probably have brothers or sisters that they have these sweet, adventurous and inspiring situations. Genre: Fiction

  • John Sullivan
    2019-05-23 02:28

    Two sisters go out one night to the top of the hill. Most of the story is focused on their journey and their interaction, which is wonderfully accurate for two sisters. What makes this book even more special is the younger sister relating their relationship to that of their mother and their aunt. The young narrator seems a bit too sophisticated for her age, but this does not distract the reader from sisters rite of passage. Skysisters is a great book for young readers, especially those who have siblings and might not be a book I would explicitly use in teaching, but would definitely be one I'd recommend to my students.

  • Kimberly
    2019-05-06 20:15

    This is a great story for understanding one of the beliefs and values of the Anishinawbe Ojibway regarding SkySpirits and listening - "wisdon comes on silent wings" (p. 2). The story is heartwarming and the artwork is captivating. I plan to use this as a resource for my grade 7 social studies to help my students explore the worldview of First Nations prior to the arrival of European explorers.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-24 18:31

    I like that this is a story about Native Americans, and clearly rooted in Native American culture, that's not About (TM) The Native American experience -- it's about being a younger sister, and about playing outside in the winter, and about waiting for something beautiful. The semi-pointillistic illustrations also feel nicely appropriate to the snowy setting -- making everything a little soft and smudgy.

  • Melanie
    2019-05-18 22:26

    Two sisters climb a snowy hill in the late night to observe the coming of the aurora borealis, the northern lights. They are forewarned by their mother that "wisdom comes on silent wings," reminding them that they will observe and learn nothing if their mouths are flapping.Readers journey along with the two sisters as they experience icicles and trudging up steep snow covered hills.A true Native American tale told by a true Native American.

  • Kim Bogren Owen
    2019-05-09 18:33

    Two sisters hike one night to the top of Coyote Hill to wait for the Northern Lights. Along the way they encounter animals and once at the top of the hill listen to coyote. A wonderful tale of adventure.

  • Melle
    2019-04-30 01:09

    A lovely, quiet aurora borealis story featuring two sisters, northern woodland animals, and three words in Anishinaabemowin. The illustrations feature a beautiful muted rainbow of colors. Great to see a book featuring contemporary Ojibwe life and characters.

  • Kelly
    2019-05-20 20:23

    Originally published in Canada.Two Ojibway sisters seek out the SkySpirits (the Northern Lights).

  • Sarah Gayman
    2019-05-19 18:16

    Includes some words and cultural elements of the Nishinawbe Ojibway tribe but is primarily the story of two young sisters. Reminded me of Owl Moon in some of its descriptions.

  • Meg
    2019-05-15 23:32

    Enjoyed this book featuring two Ojibwe sisters who go on a nighttime walk to see the Northern Lights. The action was a little slow but it really captured a sense of wonder.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-21 00:25

    Alaska/Far North