The Old Man with the Otter Medicine (Eneeko Nambe Il'oo K'eezho) is a traditional Dene legend told by George Blondin, respected Elder and storyteller, and adapted by his late son John Blondin (1960-1996). This new Theytus publication is a bilingual picture book with the story printed in English and the Weledeh Dialect of the Dogrib (Na-Dene) language. This simply-told story for young children explains how a village of Dene people long ago were used to catching many fish from the nearby lake. But one day the fish were no more.
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.
Himalaya: 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 Sherpa and Tibetan family. Readers are introduced to a Sherpa girl named Yanghsi who lives in Nepal. We see her family and their day-to-day lives through her eyes.
Mongolia: 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 Mongolian family through the eyes of two cousins. Dawa and Olana look forward to the day when they acquire their own hoses.
Buffalo Song is a new picture book from prolific Abenaki storyteller and author Joseph Bruchac. This fictionalized account of the initial rescue of the American bison or buffalo is told through the eyes of the people first involved. The story opens in the year 1873 as two Nez Perce riders come across the bodies of slaughtered buffalo on the floor of a protected canyon. Hunters had taken only the tongues and left the animals where they fell. Only a weakened calf survived and the boy and his father take the dying calf to a man known as Sam Walking Coyote.
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.
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.