Nipin and the Rocks is based on the bedtime story told by Métis author Victoria Bouvier to her young son. Storytelling rocks are important pieces of a traditional First Nation culture. These old ones carry the history and knowledge of the people. They carry the stories. Nipin and the Rocks is one of the stories. Long ago a Cree grandfather called Mosom was the keeper of the storytelling rocks. Each rock represented a particular story handed down to him by his Elder. During the telling of the creation story a young boy called Nipin sat in the circle with Mosom and others. Nipin was not really listening to the story; he was admiring the brilliantly coloured rocks. The more he studied the rocks the more he wanted them for himself. Nipin hatched a plan to get the rocks for his very own. So one night he crept into Mosom's sleeping area and took the pouch containing the beautiful rocks. What happens next reveals the importance of the storytelling rocks. The rocks lost their brilliance and beauty when they were not used in storytelling. In fact the longer Nipin kept the rocks hidden the more the rocks disintegrated into sand. Without the rocks, Mosom did not tell the stories and everyone in the village became sad. Nipin knew he had to return the rocks to grandfather. With the rocks in their rightful place Mosom could tell the stories again. Nipin was so excited about the rocks returning to their former brilliance he blurted out what he had done. Mosom gently explained that the rocks and stories are meant to be together and they belong to all the people of the village. From that day on, Nipin sat beside Mosom learning the stories of the Cree people. One day in the future Nipin would tell the stories to the next generation. Author Victoria Bouvier wrote this story in 2009 and submitted it to the Aboriginal Youth Writing Challenge. Watercolour illustrations by Samantha Pratt combine with the story and characters to create a memorable children's picture book about the importance of the oral tradition and storytelling.