The Voyage of Wood Duck

Nimbus PublishingSKU: 0920336701

Sylliboy, Helen|Trottier, Maxine
Grade Levels:
Three, Four, Five, Six
Mi'kmaq, Woodland
Book Type:
Nimbus Publishing

Sale price$11.95
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The Voyage of Wood Duck: Ta'n Teli Kaqasimiliala'sis Malsikws is a children's picture book written by Maxine Trottier that tells the bilingual story of a Mi'kmaq boy named Wood Duck and his dream. The boy always wondered about the sea and what might lay beyond. He respected the land and water. One day he decided to build a canoe and go on a voyage and find out if his dream would be fulfilled. Together with ten others from his village Wood Duck set off. They travelled over the waves. Finally one day they sighted land and strange people, who had fluffy, white animals. The new people greeted the travellers. Wood Duck and his companions stayed for a time but eventually grew homesick and longed to return to their familiar world and families. The strangers told Wood Duck that perhaps one day they would also set out across the ocean and visit the Mi'kmaq. The story is told in English with a Mi'kmaq translation by Helen Sylliboy. This is a fascinating story about the Mi'kmaq and their travels. The only problem with the picture book is the illustrations by Patsy MacAulay-MacKinnon that detract from the otherwise excellent story. The watercolour images are often stereotypical especially when they show Mi'kmaq clothing styles. Despite this concern the book is useful for the contact story and the Mi'kmaq language translation.

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