StarTribune: Johnny's Pheasant

Review of Johnny's Pheasant by Cheryl Minnema

An encounter with a pheasant (which may or may not be sleeping) takes a surprising turn in this sweetly serious and funny story of a Native American boy and his grandmaCheryl Minnema, a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, tells a hopeful story of respect for living creatures. The pastel and paper illustrations by Cree-Metis artist Julie Flett capture colors and textures of the prairie — the rough grass, the glow of the setting sun, the joy in Johnny’s face when the bird begins to fly.


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