Book Review: The Fox Wife, by Beatrice Deer
By Kathy Piselli
This story is told and beautifully illustrated by Canadian Aboriginal Music Award-winning singer-songwriter Beatrice Deer, and grew out of a song she wrote that retells a traditional Inuit story. You can listen to her song on the music video section of her website https://www.beatricedeerband.com/music-videos
A fox becomes intrigued by a family of humans. The oldest boy watches her, and she watches him. When it comes time for him to leave his family, well-taught in how to survive on his own, she decides to change into a woman and become his wife. They live together in their camp on the tundra under the northern lights. In the end, though, it seems he still needs to learn a bit of wisdom about gratitude, respect, and tolerance.