Je Ne Suis Pas Un Numero is the French language edition of I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis. It is the first French language children's picture book by the Ojibwe educator from Nipissing First Nation in Ontario. Dupuis retells the story of her grandmother Irene Couchie Dupuis taken to residential school at the age of eight in 1928. The book opens with the distressing image of the Indian agent standing in the doorway demanding that the eldest three children of Mary Ann and Ernest Couchie attend Spanish Indian Residential School.
Mon nom est Tonnerre is the French language edition of the Sherman Alexie Picture book, Thunder Boy Jr. Told as a first-person narrative a young Indigenous boy has an issue with his name, Thunder Boy Smith Jr. The problem is the boy's father is known as Thunder Boy Smith Sr. so people on the rez call the father Big Thunder and son becomes known as Little Thunder. The boy thinks this sounds to his ears like a burp or fart. Using broad humour the author captures the boy's thoughts about this nickname.
Comment Le Puma a Fini par Entre Appele Le Chat Fantome (Ta’n Petalu Telui’tut Skite’kmujewey Mia’wj) is the bilingual Mikmaq/French edition of How the Cougar Came to be Called the Ghost Cat from Roseway Publishing. This dual language picture book tells story about a young cougar who decides to build his home in a strange forest. When he finds that all of the animals in the forest are afraid of him, the young cougar agrees to stop behaving like a cougar so that he can make friends. But when he tries to return to his birthplace, he learns that he is no longer welcome.
Akilak's Adventure is a children's picture book set long ago when an Inuk grandmother and her granddaughter lived by themselves a day's walk from their relative's camp. Grandmother twists her ankle and is unable to walk to the neighbour's camp. So she sends her young granddaughter, Akilak, on a day's journey for some food. Akilak is uncertain about the journey but grandmother convinces the girl she is capable and the land will not run away; but will be reached eventually. Akilak's Adventure begins when Akilak must travel a great distance to another camp to gather food.
Animals Illustrated: Muskox mixes the fun-filled animal facts suitable for the youngest of readers with intricately detailed illustrations to create a unique and beautiful collection of children's non-fiction books on Arctic animals. Each volume contains first-hand accounts from authors who live in the Arctic, along with interesting facts on the behaviours and biology of each animal.
The Life of Joseph Brant is a 2017 release from Power Kids Press. It is part of the Native American Biographies published for the junior level classroom. It is a welcome addition to the biographical releases about the Mohawk leader and ally of the British. Most Canadian and American publishers especially those producing portraits of historical people stress that Brant was a Chief. Joseph Brant was not a Chief in the Five Nation Confederacy council. This author and publisher have succeeded where many have failed to produce an accurate and respectful biography.
Road Allowance Kitten is a children’s bilingual (Michif/English) picture book published in 2015 by Gabriel Dumont Institute. Written by Wilfred Burton and illustrated by Christina Johns, with Michif translation by Norman Fleury this primary title is based on a true account about the Métis who lived along the road allowance in the western provinces. One common theme about Métis families living along the roads is their precarious homes. Often governments move the Métis to northern locations for their communities. This meant families were moved at a moment's notice.
Dear Canada: These are My Words, The Residential School Diary of Violet Pasheens, Northern Ontario 1966, is the exciting addition to Scholastic Canada's Series, Dear Canada. Authored by Ojibwe scholar, professor, and writer Ruby Slipperjack, the 200-page fictional diary presents the perspective of an Ojibwe girl who is forced to attend a residential school in 1966. Violet has to leave her loving home living with her grandma and attend a foreign institution run by nuns who insist on only speaking English and attending chapel daily.