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.
After returning home, Kohkum and Awasis make more world-famous bannock. The names of the animal helpers are integrated in the story so that readers can work out the name of the animal based on the illustration. The book includes a pronunciation guide and a recipe for baking bannock. This picture book is highly recommended.