Hokey Dowa Gerda and the Snowflake Girl is a fantasy-based children's book from first-time picture book author/illustrator M. J. Matheson from Manitoba. Faith and Dakota’s ordinary lives take a not-so-ordinary turn when strange goings-on begin happening in their bedrooms at night. This brother and sister find fun ways to solve their problems and make friends, too. Some teachers may find the reference to tobacco problematic. The publisher does not include additional background information about the sweat lodge, tobacco, or traditional names.
The Story of Sammy the Skrunk is a 40-page picture book that tries to instill pride in a little animal named Sammy on his first day of school. Sammy is a unique critter called a skrunk (squirrel + skunk = skrunk). He is really a mixed person and learns from a Métis presenter in school that a skrunk is a mixed animal. And being of mixed ancestry is a good thing. The comic book style from the colour illustrations make the presentation light and breezy.
Honouring the Buffalo: A Plains Cree Legend is a dual language (Cree Y and English) information book selected for the Children’s Category, Longlist of Nominated Titles for First Nation Communities Read 2016-2017. This traditional Plains Cree legend was told by Ray Lavallee to author Judith Silverthorne. Plains Cree language was translated from the Cree by Randy Morin, Jean Okimasis, and Arok Wolvengrgrey.
Coyote Boy: an Original Trickster Story by Mohawk artist and author Deron Ahsén:nase Douglas is a unique approach to storytelling. In this original account the author draws on the Trickster traditions of other First Nations and Native American storytelling. Using Trickster characters such as Nanabush, Coyote, Raven, Iktomi, or the Trickster, Douglas creates a dream-like ambience where a Mohawk boy meets up with Coyote. The boy's family has just travelled from Kahnawake, Quebec to a very small town in southern Ontario.
You're Just Right is Victor Lethbridge's third children's book. This 32-page picture book is a charming poem to a First Nation daughter welcomed by loving parents as a gift from the Creator. From the time the infant girl cries at home the parents just know she is just right. As she grows to toddler the parents welcome her active life and play because it makes their house a home. The loving parents continue their unconditional support for their growing daughter as she dances at the powwow, moves away to college, and begins her life away from her family.
The Apple Tree by first-time author Sandy Tharp-Thee tells the story of a contemporary Cherokee boy who plants an apple seed and already sees the mature apple tree it is meant to be. But the little apple tree is not so sure. Young and impatient, it begins to doubt its calling after apples fail to appear that first fall. How can the boy convince the tree that the seasons need the time to help the tree to mature and produce apples? The story is told in English with Cherokee translation, and includes a Cherokee syllabary.
The Thundermaker is a 32-page picture book from Nimbus Publishing’s publication for children about the importance of thunder. In Mi’kmaw artist Alan Syliboy’s account that he wrote and illustrated begins in a time long before the world was completed. Set in a small village, the story begins with a family sitting beside their cooking fire while the mother tells a traditional story. Father is Big Thunder, mother is Giju, a renowned storyteller, and their son, Little Thunder. Each has an important role. Mother tells stories to her son and helps him understand his place in the world.
After a long school year in Yellowknife, Akuluk would prefer to spend summer vacation in the south, but as soon as she heads out on the land with her grandfather, her visit to the Arctic becomes much more interesting! Akuluk is not excited about visiting her grandparents in Nunavut. She would rather head south for summer vacation, somewhere with roller coasters and cotton candy. There can't be much to do way up there, Akuluk figures. But as soon as she steps off the plane and sees all the exciting animals that the tundra has to offer, Akuluk forgets all about her dreams of going south.
Like a Walk on the Tundra, A Walk on the Shoreline introduces young readers to unique plants and animals found in the Arctic, as well as the traditional Inuit uses for the various species. Young Nukappia can't wait to get out to his family campsite on the Arctic shoreline. After spending all year in the south with his adoptive parents, Nukappia always looks forward to his summer visits with his birth family.