SKU: 0889020795

Jeannette McCrie, Janet Wilkinson
Grade Levels:
One, Two, Three
Cree, Oji-Cree, Ojibwe, Subarctic
Book Type:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside Publishing

Sale price$14.95


Story Basket One is a grade two reader developed for the Circle Program, an integrated ESL language arts program for Native students. The reader contains three stories illustrated by First Nations artists. In the first story, Nokum and her four grandchildren go out to pick blueberries. Each child has a pail and works hard to fill their container. The youngest boy feels lucky because he has no pail. But Nokum knows how to make a birchbark container from the natural resources in the woods so the boy can fill it with berries. The second story is a traditional Cree legend adapted for young readers. In this story, Chakapesh and his sister live alone in the forest. He has adventures and his sister knows that her brother has special spiritual powers. Despite his sister's warnings, Chakapesh tempts fate by going to the lake where a giant fish lives. Suddenly the fish swallows Chakapesh. But his sister saves her special brother when she catches the giant fish and frees Chakapesh. Noted artist Michael Robinson illustrates this story. The final story, Thin Ice, is a contemporary story about a group of children out skating on a partially frozen lake. Unfortunately their fun is interrupted when one of the children falls through thin ice. With the help of an Elder, the children rescue their friend. This story is told in comic book style and is illustrated by Six Nations artist Bill Powless. This collection shows Native people in positive situations and draws on the humour and values of traditional teachings. A Listen and Read book suggested for grade two.

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