UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher Little Water and the Gift of the Animals: A Seneca Legend is a retelling of a traditional legend about the healing gifts of the animals. C. J. Taylor, a Mohawk artist and storyteller, adapts Jesse Cornplanter's Seneca legend, The Grateful Animals. The story is set long ago among the Seneca Nation of the Six Nations Iroquois. The main character is a youth named Little Water who spends his days among the animals. Always respectful of the animals, the youth is so in tune with nature and the animals' world that it is said that he can communicate with them. Friend of the Wolf, Little Water spends a great deal of time alone in the forest. But he is also a caring and helpful youth who knows that the village must prepare for a long winter. The young man returns to the village after many days absent and is shocked to see no activity. No one is in the fields and the village is silent. Going to his grandfather Little Water questions the healer about the village. Grandfather tells Little Water that a severe sickness has entered the village. Everyone is ill and no one can harvest the fields of corn, beans, and squash. Little Water immediately offers to work in the fields. But Grandfather assures him that he has a more significant role to play. With Little Water's closeness to the animals Grandfather says that Little Water must go to his friends and request their assistance. Grandfather explains that the animals have knowledge about medicine and healing. So Little Water sets off to locate his friend the wolf. On the journey foul weather prevents Little Water from further travelling when he falls and hits his head on a rock. Immediately the animals are called and together all the animals come to Little Water's assistance. The animals are grateful for the Little Water's respectful behavior and so they give Little Water the important medicines for healing. Little Water awakes and returns home to the village. He calls all the people together and explains what the community must do to return to good health. Using the medicines of song and dance, the Seneca village recovers and the people are able to harvest their crops for the coming winter. The ceremonies, songs, and dances of this healing are part of the cultural legacy of the Iroquois. This children's story acknowledges the gift of healing the animals gave the Iroquois so long ago. The author provides a brief explanation about the source of the story along with the cultural background of the Seneca. The artist's colourful illustrations accompany the text. The French translation, Petit Ruisseau et le don des animaux, is also available.