Nanabosho Steals Fire is one of the titles in the Nanabosho series by Winnipeg children's author, Joseph McLellan. The author who is also a teacher believes in the power of the oral tradition and storytelling. He takes traditional stories about the Ojibwe (Anishinabek) trickster and teacher, Nanabosho, and weaves a contemporary story that will appeal to all children. In this picture book, a brother and sister hear the traditional explanation about the coming of fire.
How Summer Came to Canada, published in 1969, represents an early picture book that retells a traditional account of the origin of summer. In this account illustrator Elizabeth Cleaver and author William Toye retell a Mi'kmaq traditional story. Glooskap finds his people dying from cold and hunger. After he discovers the reason for the prolonged winter, Glooskap sets out on a journey south where he finds Summer. Glooskap leads Summer home and when she arrives in the lands of the Mi'kmaq, Winter melts away.
Nanabosho and the Woodpecker is one of the titles in the Nanabosho series by Winnipeg children's author, Joseph McLellan. The author who is also a teacher believes in the power of the oral tradition and storytelling. He takes traditional stories about the Ojibwe (Anishinabek) trickster and teacher, Nanabosho, and weaves a contemporary story that will appeal to all children. Nanabosho watches Woodpecker as the bird finds food. He tries to copy Woodpecker's method but finds out that it is not as simple as it appears.
Chuck in the City is the newly revised edition of a charming children's story about a young boy named Chuck who goes on an unaccompanied walk when he visits his Kookum (grandmother) in the city. This first visit to the city turns into an adventure. On his walk Chuck encounters barking dogs, kids on roller blades, and tall office towers. He finally realizes that he is lost and very hungry. Trying not to panic he manages to find his way back to his grandmother's condo. This is Jordan Wheeler's second book for children.
Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story is a remarkable story written and illustrated by Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday. In the preface of his first children's book, the Kiowa author explains the story's context and inspiration. At the age of twelve, Momaday and his family moved to Jemez Pueblo in the Southwest of the United States. On the eve of his first Christmas there, Momaday experienced the power and wonder of Christmas in this spiritual place. This wonder is transferred to the story of a young Pueblo boy who is unable to speak.
A Man Called Raven is a powerful story for young readers about the meaning of respect for life. Two young boys torment a raven and then a mysterious man visits their home. He tells them about a man long ago who was mean to everyone. The story explains how the man was turned into a raven as punishment. Sometimes when people need to hear the teachings, the man returns to explain why we should respect the animals and birds. The author, Richard Van Camp, is Dogrib from the Northwest Territories. His story is based on the teachings of an Elder from his community.
Little Bear's Vision Quest is a lavishly illustrated picture book that teaches respect for others. The main character is Little Bear who lives along the Northwest Coast. Little Bear behaves selfishly and is inconsiderate to his friends. In an effort to teach Little Bear proper behavior and respect, his grandfather sends him away to an island. Little Bear is told to "look inside" and learn from his bad behavior. Finally, Little Bear learns how he hurt his friends' feelings and decides to change. His family welcomes Little Bear home.
The Little Duck, Sikihpsis in the Cree language, is a charming story told in English and Cree. Set among the Plains Cree, the story focuses on a little mud duck who dreams of dancing with the Cree. No matter how much he tries he just can't get it right. So he returns to the pond where much to his amazement there are many other ducks just like him. The universal message of learning the importance of self-worth will appeal to young children.
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.
I Can't Have Bannock But The Beaver Has A Dam is a wonderful picture book for reading aloud to young children. Bernalda Wheeler creates a refreshing way to introduce young children to contemporary First Nations/Native people. Her character is a young boy who asks his mother to make some bannock. Bannock is a traditional bread made by most First Nations in northern Canada. The mother explains why she can't use her stove until the hydro line is fixed. It all comes down to the fact that a beaver has cut down a tree for his dam.