Wisdom Weaver Bina'nitin Bidziilgo Atl'ohi is a bilingual English and Navajo picture book published by Salina Bookshelf that tells a simple story about the importance of weaving. The gentle story explores the relationship between a young girl and her grandmother who teaches the child all the tasks involved in creating a beautiful Navajo rug. From the shearing of the sheep and cleaning the wool to spinning the wool to make yarn, all the steps are included in simple sentences with appropriate illustrations. The pair even selects plants to makes dyes for colouring the wool.
Yetsa's Sweater is a charming picture book by Sylvia Olsen about the women of the Coast Salish who continue to create beautiful Cowichan sweaters. It is an effective picture book that demonstrates First Nations experiential learning. Yetsa is spending time with her grandmother assisting in the preparation of the sheep's wool needed to knit these amazing one-of-a-kind sweaters. The story and illustrations show the love and understanding between the generations as Yetsa's mother joins the group to complete the many tasks needed to make the wool ready for knitting.
Thunderbird Spirit is part of the Orca Sports series and is targeted for reluctant readers who require high interest and low vocabulary books. This hockey oriented title contains an exciting sports context as well as racism, mystery and friendship themes. The two main characters are teen boys who play hockey for a Seattle team. The one character named Mike is a reckless and often quick to anger youth who has just been traded to this Seattle team and is starting to wear out his welcome.
Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia is co-written and illustrated by Ted and Betsy Lewin and published by Lee and Low Books. The couple writes about their travels to Mongolia to visit the Indigenous people who continue to live with their beloved horses. The story begins with the description of the long ride from Ulaanbaatar airport with an interpreter and driver to the camp of the respected horse trainers. The couple arrives to observe the important celebration of Naadam with a family of Mongolian people.
Sahara: Vanishing Cultures is a new title from Lee and Low Publishers in their Explore Vanishing Cultures Series. Each title in the series examines an Indigenous culture as the people attempt to face the challenges of their changing environment. In this book, the author offers elementary readers an opportunity to see a contemporary Tuareg family. This family lives in the Sahara and the picture book offers readers a glimpse into their lives through the eyes of a boy in the family.
Cedar Child Hear the Teachings is a literacy and Ojibwe language book and CD published by Ningwakwe Learning Press. This 33-page literacy reader was written by James Bay Cree teacher and interpreter Annie Ashamock. The book discusses her life experiences and traditional teachings that have guided her life.
Uvajuq: The Origin of Death is a fascinating book that explores the Inuit of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut traditional stories as well as their artistic, historical, and cultural teachings. The main part of the book is an illustrated retelling of a traditional story about life and the arrival of death. This traditional legend is told in English and Inuinnaqtun (the local dialect of the Inuit language, Inuktitut). Twenty evocative line drawings by Elsie Anaginak Klengenberg illustrate the story. The legend tells of a time long ago when giants lived in the Arctic.
An Inuk Boy Becomes a Hunter is the straight-forward autobiography by Inuk hunter named John Igloliorte. Born in 1936 in Nain, Labrador, John describes his childhood years growing up in a family that struggled to survive. His father was disabled and the young John often went to live with other families in the community. Despite the hardships he tells his story with honesty and integrity. He recounts his schooling, living on the land, hunting, fishing, and playing games with other Inuit children.
In free verse, author Karen Hesse tells of Vera and other Aleuts who are moved to Ketchikan in 1942 when the Japanese invade the Aleutian Islands. Many Aleuts die of illness, but Vera knows she will see her beloved island again. The people known as Aleuts were removed from their island homes following the June 1942 attack by the Japanese during World War Two. The story tells the tragic experiences of Vera and her family and friends as they struggle to retain their culture and family ties during this disruptive period of relocation.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher The Moonlight Hide and Seek Club in the Pollution Solution is a children's read-aloud story book about children taking responsibility for the environment. The story follows the children's efforts to clean the moon which has fallen from her place in the sky. The multicultural neighbourhood combines their efforts to wash the moon with environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and the results are encouraging. The moon finds her way back into the sky and all is well.