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.
In The Owl and the Lemming, Owl swoops down and blocks the entrance to a lemming den, he is sure that he has a tasty meal in the little animal he has cornered. But this lemming is not about to be eaten. This smart little rodent will need to appeal to the boastful owl's sense of pride to get away. In this 2016 picture book from Inuit Media, this delightful 32-page book captures the essence of this traditional story's message about not playing with your food as well as avoiding prideful boasting. Set on the Arctic tundra we meet two young inhabitants.
Honour Drum: Sharing the Beauty of Canada's Indigenous People with Children, Families and Classrooms is written by Nadleh Whut'en First Nation author Cheryl Bear and social-justice worker Tim Huff. Written as a simple rhyming poem for elementary students in primary level grades partnered with teacher notes and suggested activities this book offers parents and teachers the opportunity to introduce children to the First Nations, Inuit and Métis living in Canada.
The Inuit: Ivory Carvers of the Far North is the 2016 revised edition from Capstone Press. This paper edition is part of the America's First Peoples that introduces elementary students to the Inuit prior to contact. The 32-page book contains 8 brief chapters including winter in the far north; the search for food; more than meat; the shaman; Inuit storytelling; Inuit clothing and jewelry; two worlds meet; and the Inuit today. Using short sentences combined with colour and black and white archival images the text provides basic information about the far north people known as the Inuit.