You Hold Me Up / ê-ohpiniyan (Plains Cree)

Orca Book PublishersSKU: 9781459821750

Gray Smith, Monique
Grade Levels:
Preschool, Kindergarten, One, Two
Cree, Lakota, Metis
Book Type:
Orca Book Publishers

Sale price$19.95


You Hold Me Up/ ê-ohpiniyan by award-winning author Monique Gray Smith is a 32-page dual language picture book about friendship and kindness ideal for preschool and primary level students as educators introduce topics such as reconciliation. In everyday interactions young children can show kindness and caring in their relationships. In their daily activities parents, caregivers, grandparents, and teachers can demonstrate their care, kindness and respect for the children in their care.  A simple sentence and a colourful, stylized drawing accompany each activity.  Using the ideas surrounding residential schools and healing from the impact of generations of school survivors and their families, the picture book provides a gentle way of showing love. How each child and adult can demonstrate their kindness and caring for each other is a powerful message that allows each child to think about their manners, relationships and friendships. Translated into Plains Cree Y language by Mary Cardinal Collins. The 2017 English edition was selected in the Children’s Category Longlist for First Nation Communities READ 2018.  Highly recommended.

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