Waboose creates an aura of magical pleasure as two sisters hike to Coyote Hill to experience the mystical "wisdom" of the SkySister spirits (Northern Lights).
Two young Ojibway sisters hike to a nearby hill to see Northern Lights. We are told of their pleasant childhood experiences with icicles & snowflakes, of their spotting of a hare and deer on the way, and of an exchange of howls with coyotes. Coyote Hill has local mystical value as do the Northern Lights, called 'SkySisters', which bring wisdom "on silent wings". Waboose contrives a lovely atmosphere to introduce chic tribal mysticism to unsuspecting children.
Though his son asks for the "truth" about the tooth fairy, a father explains that fairies used to exist, that humans and modern technology drove the fairies away, and that serious effort can make the tooth fairy real.
Gaby asks Dad (the author) to tell the truth: is there a tooth fairy or is it just parents? The author's 'truth' holds that fairies once existed, but vanished as humans gained control of their environment. Further, if one "tries really hard" to believe,the tooth fairy's voice still appears in parents' minds suggesting they provide small treasures in exchange for a baby tooth. Belief "must come from you, and you alone". Thus, Alexander urges fantasy and whim upon children, just as they are seeking reality and reason.
With symbolism throughout, the storied Red Cross Knight, as a duty to the Fairie Queen, engages in a three day battle with a dragon, and wins the hand of Princess Una.
This is perhaps the best known modern version of the myth, but it is more narration than dramatization. We do not 'feel' the evil of the dragon, and we have no sense of the Red Cross Knight's character. Their epic battle reads as a fairytale battle should, yet we do not feel involved. There is no historical explanation for St. George or the religious symbolism. As a cultural story for children this offers little value.
Kataujaq is taught to believe her deceased mother's eternal soul is part of the Aurorae Borealis, playing soccer with other souls.
We are told how Kataujaq enjoys childhood with her mother, who then dies. Kataujaq mourns deeply. In late fall the whole village plays soccer on the ice under the Northern Lights. She is told by her grandmother that the dead play soccer too, and is convinced she sees her mother playing with other souls in the Lights. This award winner(!) is a boring, awkwardly narrated story capitalizing on the political correctness of aboriginal mysticism.