Biindigen! Amik Says Welcome (HC)

SKU: 9781771475150

Nancy Cooper
Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley
Grade Levels:
Kindergarten, One, Two, Three
Book Type:
Owl Kids Books
Copyright Date:

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Author Nancy Cooper is from the Chippewas of Rama First Nation in southern Ontario and illustrator, Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, is an Ojibwe woodland artist from Barrie, Ontario. He is a member of Wasauksing First Nation.

It’s a special day for Amik the beaver and her little sister, Nishiime. Their cousins are coming to visit! Amik is excited, but Nishiime feels nervous about meeting new people, and when the cousins finally arrive, Nishiime disappears.

Lively, immersive illustrations show Amik and her cousins as they search the woods for Nishiime. Each creature they encounter, introduced to readers using their Anishinaabe names, reveals how beavers help the forest community. A fish thanks them for digging canals in the mud that they swim through. A deer thanks the beavers for cutting down trees so they can reach the tastiest leaves. None of the creatures have seen Nishiime, but keen-eyed kids will have spotted her hiding in the background throughout the story.

Eventually, Nishiime returns to the group, having overcome her shyness by learning an important lesson: despite being from different places, the beavers are all united by the ways they support the forest ecosystem. With the perfect blend of fact and fun, this salute to the industrious beaver is also an energetic celebration of Indigenous perspectives, languages, and diversity.  Full color illustrations throughout.

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