Bears Make Rock Soup and Other Stories is a collection of thirteen short stories by Oneida artist Lisa Fifield and Plains Ojibwe writer Lise Erdrich. In two-page spreads the book developed from the glorious watercolour painting of Lisa Fifield. Combining these vibrant images with one-page stories results in a wonderful picture book for young readers. Drawing on teachings of the Woodland and Plains Peoples, the artist and writer create a set of stories about bear, deer and moose, and birds. Each section develops the interrelationship and connectedness between the animal world and the human world. While the illustrations convey past cultures of the Plains and Woodland, the stories are not culture specific. Rather the book explores Native American worldview through imaginative short stories about animals and humans. In some stories, animals and birds assist individual Native People, and in other, Native People help birds and animals. In one story, the importance of the naming ceremony is recounted as a child is born into the Deer Clan. This boy receives the name Deer Chief. The colourful images accompanying this story show a mother with a cradleboard, a young child, and several deer resting around the cooking fire among the village residents. All are celebrating the naming of this child into the clan. In the bird section, the stories feature the eagle, Canada geese, crows, and loons. The final story draws the circle to a close with the death of Deer Chief as he remains behind to protect his camp from enemies. When he falls, he is not alone as numerous animals and birds join together to pay their final respects to an important leader and defender of animals. The stories and illustrations gently portray the importance of clan animals, especially the Bear, Deer, and Eagle. The final page closes the cycle as young readers are reminded that the Earth is our nest and home. Each person should assist the young to grow and develop so that they will be generous to others who also call the Earth home. A wonderful read-aloud collection that celebrates and honours the interrelationship between humans and animals.