The People of the Sea is a picture book based on the author's own childhood experiences. When the young Donald and his friends head down to the water to play, they have no idea that they are soon to encounter a mermaid, one of the creatures that his elders have told him about. Terrified, the boys run back to their camp, ready to tell everyone what they have just seen. But what did they see? They can't seem to remember it clearly. It is up to Donald's grandmother to explain to them the magical creature they just encountered. Donald Uluadluak was an elder from Arviat, Nunavut.
Discover the Animals, First Nations and Native Art Colouring and Learning Book features images and text by various Native and First Nations artists. The stories and artwork are inspired by the animal kingdom, and are divided into three categories: land, sea, and sky. Artists that have contributed their culture, art and insights are Dwayne Simeon, Mark A. Jacobson, Corey Bulpitt, Eric Parnell, Bruce Morrisseau, Wolf Morrisseau, Donald Peters, Doug Lafortune, Ben Houstie, Sean Whonnock, and Terry Starr.
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.
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.
Fishing with Grandma is the 2016 release from Inhabit Media written by Inuk author Susan Avingaq with Maren Vsetula. This fun and engaging story is lighthearted and informative as two children plan on a day of fishing with their grandmother. The children visit their Anaanatsiaq (grandmother) one October day and find her sitting on the floor sewing a piece of sealskin and listening to fiddle music playing on the radio. The children ask grandma to take them on an adventure which turns out to be jigging for fish out on the lake.
Leah's Mustache Party is an exciting picture book from Inhabit Media. Inuk author Nadia Mike is an educator who celebrates the importance of having a fun story told in a diverse book. In her first picture the author tells a joyous story about a red-haired four-year-old who decides to dress as a pirate for Halloween. Leah's mother draws a fine mustache on Leah's face as her daughter goes out in her community trick and treating. Leah loves this role playing and dressing up especially with the mustache drawn on her face. So on Leah's next birthday, the party theme is mustaches.
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.