A Big Mistake is a picture book by Richelle Lovegrove for Manitoba First Nation Education Resource Centre. With illustrations by Amber Green the book explores friendship, gifts and generosity. When Summer’s best friend compliments the necklace her kokum (grandmother) gave her, she remembers her Elder’s teaching and gives the necklace away. But when her kokum comes over for supper, Summer worries that she made a big mistake by giving away such a special gift. The girl began to worry about giving kokum's special necklace away to her friend.
Mary au Parka Rouge is the is the French language edition of Red Parka Mary. Translated by Mona Buors from children's author Saskatchewan writer and storyteller Peter Eyvindson a seven-year-old First Nation boy narrates his experiences with an elderly neighbour. Someone had told the boy to be afraid of this Elder. But one day while passing her home, the woman named Mary calls to the boy and gives him a pail filled with chokecherries for his mother. Slowly the boy comes to understand Mary, visits her often, and begins to learn traditional activities during their visits.
Where Did You Get Your Moccasins? is a wonderful picture book well suited for reading aloud to preschool and kindergarten children. The story focuses on a young boy who brings a pair of moccasins to school for show and tell. He explains step by step how his Kookum, his grandmother, made the moccasins. The sensitive black and white pencil drawings reflect the author's and illustrator's respect for the First Nation child in a multi-cultural, urban school setting.
Which Way Should I Go is a recent picture book written by Sylvia Olsen and based on the memories of Olsen's friend Ron Martin. This picture book offers young children an opportunity to understand that we all have choices to make in our lives even if we are young. Joey is a young Nuuchahnulth boy who has a happy and cheerful disposition. Even his friend, his teacher, and the store owner notice that Joey always has a smile on his face.
Ava et le monde des touts-petits is the French translation of Inhabit Media's, Ava and the Little Folk. This is a 35-page read-aloud, picture book. This captivating story describes the life of a young orphan in an Inuit village. Ava often finds he is hungry and alone, spending time in his special place away from the village. No one wants to show him how to hunt or fish but one day he hears the approaching footsteps of tiny hunters. To his amazement Ava sees the tiny men, with their tiny spears, and tiny hunting dogs. Ava realizes these are in fact Little People or Inugarulligaarjuit.
The Diamond Willow Walking Stick: A Traditional Métis Story about Generosity; Li kaan di sool: aen nistwayr di Mi chif li taan kayaash taanishi aen ishi maykihk is one of the finalists for the First Nation Communities Read 2014–15 selection. This children's book is a 48-page bilingual story by Métis storyteller and author Leah Marie Dorion. The story explores a Métis Elder's remembrances of traditional teachings about generosity that were taught to him by his grandparents during his childhood.
Ava and the Little Folk is 42-page read-aloud, picture book from Inhabit Media. This captivating story describes the life of a young orphan in an Inuit village. Ava often finds he is hungry and alone, spending time in his special place away from the village. No one wants to show him how to hunt or fish but one day he hears the approaching footsteps of tiny hunters. To his amazement Ava sees the tiny men, with their tiny spears, and tiny hunting dogs. Ava realizes these are in fact Little People or Inugarulligaarjuit. A tiny hunter speaks to Ava and invites him to hunt with the men.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher. Ribbon Rescue: Tell Me a Story Kit contains a 32-page picture book by Robert Munsch; a 5- minute audiocassette of the story read by Robert Munsch and a bookmark, all in plastic carrying bag. Ribbon Rescue by children's author Robert Munsch is a wonderful story about a Mohawk girl named Jillian who helps her neighbours while on her way to a family wedding.
The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood by Lakota storyteller Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve takes readers back in time to her childhood during the 1940s. This picture book offers the heartwarming Christmas story about her family living on the reservation in South Dakota where her father is the Episcopal minister. As her family looks with anticipation on the coming Christmas events, Virginia dreams of receiving a new winter coat.
Entre dans la Grande Ronde (The Drum Calls Softly) is Métis writer David Bouchard's picture book co-written with educator Shelley Willier and illustrated by Jim Poitras. This edition is written in French and Cree. The story is told in rhyming verse as the narrator celebrates with others the joy of the round dance and the music of the drum. This bilingual Cree and French book offers readers insight into the cultural understanding of First Nations by drawing them into the circle. They explore the seasons, the life cycle, cultural values, and making new friends.