Nanabosho and the Cranberries

By Winnipeg author Joseph McLellan who specializes in First Nations educational children's books

McLellan is a big advocate of storytelling as a way of passing on knowledge. He frequently puts traditional First Nations oral stories into print to teach lessons. Nanabosho is an Ojibwe teacher and trickster. This series tells of Nanbosho in an array of situations that are meant to educate about life and our relationship with the things around us.

In this comical story Nanabosho is attempting to grab cranberries out of the water, but is unable to do so. The cranberries appear during the day and disappear at night. Unknowingly Nanabosho is looking at the reflection of the cranberriy bush above making all of his effort useless.

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