The Bear's Long Tail: A Tale Retold is another offering from Algonquin writer, Jane Chartrand. Setting a traditional legend about bear and fox into a contemporary tale effectively presents traditional teachings to students. The story begins with a Native boy presenting a thank you card and gift to his adopted Nokomis (grandmother). As she reads the card, Nokomis learns that her grandson retold one of her legends to his classmates. The story went over well and the teacher congratulated the boy. The remainder of the book is a reading of the boy's story that he rewrote for his Nokomis. The legend explains why the bear has a short tail instead of the splendid tail bears once proudly displayed. The crafty fox played a trick on bear one winter. Fox told bear that he could catch a lot of fish in the lake by placing his long tail into a hole in the ice. Fish would be attracted to this wonderful lure and bear could enjoy many fish for his meal. But things go wrong and during the night, bear's tail freezes solid in the lake. When bear pulls out his tail, the ice snaps off the long tail and bear is left with a very short tail. The story continues with the boy explaining how he provided his classmates with an explanation of the story. Traditional values are woven into this legend and some readers may not readily understand the message. While the book provides an interesting retelling of the legend, the reluctant reader may lose interest with this lengthy story. The artwork illustrating the book fails to provide interest for readers. Despite these flaws, the story contains important lessons and rewards for the determined student.