Mayabeekamneeboon is the story of a trip to a blueberry patch in the late 1940s around Duck Bay near Camperville, Manitoba. An Elder shares his experiences, describing the trip, the team pulling the wagon, the bush and territory, the trail of wagons and setting up tents and the fun of it all. The images are vivid and colourful complementing and immersing the reader in the story so sharing the experience. Activities and a recipe are included for this blueberry picking trip.
I Am Eating is a dual language reader from Arvaaq Books, an imprint of Inhabit Education designed to interest young children. The titles from this published are relevant to children in the Canadian Arctic. All books feature colourful and engaging illustrations or photographs and are available in English and Inuktitut syllabics. Illustrated by Lenny Lishchenko, this 12-page book asks readers about the foods they enjoy eating.
The Girl and the Wolf is a recent release from Theytus Books. In this children’s 2019 picture book a young girl is out in the woods picking berries. But the girl has forgotten mother’s instruction about going off by herself and soon the girl is lost. Suddenly a grey wolf appears and the girl is afraid. But this wolf is different from the European approach to wolves in fairy tales. This large wolf is kind and helpful as he assists the frightened child calm herself and draw upon her knowledge of the woods. The girl successfully finds her way home and recounts her encounter with the wolf.
Bear for Breakfast, Makwa kidji kijebà wìsiniyàn is the recent Robert Munsch picture book about a young boy who wants to have a unique breakfast. Instead of having a bowl of cereal or some delicious pancakes Donovan tells his mother he wants to eat bear for breakfast. Donovan’s grandfather explained that as a child he often ate bear for his breakfast. Mother explains that she had just shopped for groceries but if Donovan hurried he might find some bear meat for his morning meal. Donovan immediately sets out to locate bear. He meets locates several animals but there are no bears.
Un ours pour dejeuner!, Makwa kidji kijeba wisiniyan is the French and Ojibwe dual language picture book by Robert Munsch. Based on the English edition, Bear for Breakfast, tells a humourous story about a young boy who wants to have a unique breakfast. Instead of having a bowl of cereal or some delicious pancakes Donovan tells his mother he wants to eat bear for breakfast. Donovan’s grandfather explained that as a child he often ate bear for his breakfast. Mother explains that she had just shopped for groceries but if Donovan hurried he might find some bear meat for his morning meal.
Voici Tom Longboat is the French language edition, Meet Tom Longboat, the new picture book title in the Editions Scholastic Canada Biography Series featuring accessible text, full-colour illustrations, with historical notes and timelines that provide even more information on Tom Longboat’s (1886-1949) background and incredible accomplishments.
Awasis and the World-Famous Bannock is a charming picture book by the Swan River First Nation author Dallas Hunt. Added to the mix of this fun text are the colourful illustrations from Metis media artist and filmmaker Amanda Strong. The Cree author mixes key Cree vocabulary within this story about a young girl who is delivering her Kohkum’s (grandmother’s” bannock to a relative. But on her way Awasis allows the bread to fall into a stream. What should the little girl do? With the help of her animal friends the girl collects all the ingredients for making bannock.
The Boy Who Walked Backwards is a picture book published by the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre and written by singer songwriter Ben Sures. This story recounts an actual historical event about a young Ojibwe boy from Serpent River, Ontario who uses a traditional game to fool nuns sent to apprehend this child after he failed to return to residential school after a school break. Leo Day attends residential school but finds that this harsh reality of everyday existence is not what he expected when he is sent there to learn.
Meet Tom Longboat is one of the new picture book titles in the Scholastic Canada Biography Series featuring accessible text, full-colour illustrations, with historical notes and timelines that provide even more information on Tom Longboat’s (1886-1949) background and incredible accomplishments.
Nimoshom and His Bus is a 24-page picture book written by Cree-Ojibwe author Penny Thomas with captivating pastel watercolour illustrations by Karen Hibbard for Highwater Books. In this gentle story young student readers meet a kind Elder Nimoshom (my grandfather) bus driver. He drives the yellow school bus for First Nations students. Every school day he greets the riders with the greeting, Tansi meaning hello. In fact the author introduces 13 Swampy Cree terms with meaning easily woven into the text. A glossary and pronunciation guide is provided at the end of the book.