Nanabosho and the Woodpecker is one of the titles in the Nanabosho series by Winnipeg children's author, Joseph McLellan. The author who is also a teacher believes in the power of the oral tradition and storytelling. He takes traditional stories about the Ojibwe (Anishinabek) trickster and teacher, Nanabosho, and weaves a contemporary story that will appeal to all children. Nanabosho watches Woodpecker as the bird finds food. He tries to copy Woodpecker's method but finds out that it is not as simple as it appears. The author sets this traditional story within the context of a contemporary family setting where several children listen to their Nokomis, grandmother, tell the story after one of the children tries to fly like the eagle. This positive story teaches and delights. The text is enhanced by the sensitive pastel watercolour illustrations on each page. This picture book is recommended for primary level.