Published by The Minnesota Historical Society
Summary: Windy Girl and her dog Itchy Boy are an inseparable pair. They love when Uncle comes to visit and takes them ice fishing or tells them stories from his childhood. He tells about attending the powwow; powwow days are Windy’s favorites as well. She loves eating the food, listening to the singing, and joining in the dancing, while Itchy wanders with the other dogs. Sometimes when the powwow goes late, Windy falls asleep. One night, she dreams about a powwow populated by dogs. In her dream she sees dogs drumming, doing different types of dances, and selling fry bread and blueberry snow cones. The voice of the real-life announcer breaks into her dream, saying, “Last dance tonight, folks. Everyone come out into the arena.” Windy joins in, realizing that the powwow is always in motion, bringing old and new together, almost like a dream. The story is in both English and Ojibwe; includes an author’s note. 32 pages; grades K-3.
Pros: A far-too-rare picture book that describes a contemporary Native American experience and shows how the past is carried on in the present. The digital illustrations of both the human and the dog powwows are rich in detail, especially the gorgeously colored costumes. The dogs are adorable.
Cons: I wish there was some back matter about powwows, maybe with photos.