While there isn’t an overwhelmingly wonderful message and the story does not have much in the way of truth going for it, The Origin of Day and Night by Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt is a very cute story about taking turns. Perhaps the best thing about this book, for me anyway, was the fact that one of the characters is a fox.
I loved the artwork and deeply enjoyed the expressive and gorgeous arctic fox alongside the arctic hare as they battled for the ability to see. One felt more comfortable at night in the dark and was blinded by the sun while the other struggled to survive without the light.
Ironically enough, I imagine most people liking the hare, but I myself was more fond of the fox and his struggles while the young white rabbit just seemed like a snot to me. I loved them both, of course, and enjoyed the story immensely though I wouldn’t say it’s one of the best children’s books I’ve ever read.
The fox and the hare fight regularly in a rather silly way for the world to live in night or in day until finally, upon realizing that the other will regularly work to change the state of the world to their preferred day or night, they make a compromise to give each other a reasonable amount of time to eat and survive before changing it back.
And thus, The Origin of Day and Night,
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.