Far North: 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 Sami People of Finmark, a northern province in Norway. The photo essay begins with an introduction that provides the location of a special contemporary Sami family.
Frozen Land: 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 Inuit extended family attend to the activities of daily living. The photo essay begins with an introduction that provides the location of a special family living near the shores of Qamanituag (Baker Lake), an inlet of Hudson Bay.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher The Vanishing Rainforest is an important picture book that explains to young readers the importance of the rainforest to the Yanomami people and the world. The story is set in the contemporary village of the Yanomami where a young girl hears the sounds of large machines cutting down the trees. The village people are divided about the taking of trees that destroy the environment. A young woman studying the rainforest plants and medicines arrives and adds to the discussion of village elders.
Thanks to the Animals is the 10th anniversary edition of the charming picture book by Passamaquoddy storyteller Allen Sockabasin. Drawing on his own personal history Sockabasin tells the simple story of a Passamaquoddy family in Maine around 1900. To prepare for winter the family makes the move to their traditional winter camp from the coastal region. Everything they require is dismantled and loaded on a horse-drawn sled. Even the baby, Zoo Sap, is dressed in warm clothes and tucked onto the sled with the rest of the children.
Offsides is a well-written novel that draws on the Iroquois heritage of a teenage soccer star who finds his cultural traditions trivialized and stereotyped by his new high school's sports team mascot. The Warriors, with its accompanying denigrating and war-like mascot, is a cherished part of the Southwind high school tradition. The soccer coach desperately wants this new Mohawk player who exhibits excellent skills. But Tom Gray sees this stereotyped mascot as an insult and wants the school to make a change. Tom refuses to play his beloved sport for the Southwind school.
Ancient Thunder by Ojibwe author and illustrator Leo Yerxa is the 2006 winner of the Governor General's Award for Illustration. Yerxa draws on his appreciation and delight for the wild horses of the Plains as inspiration for the book. In this unique tribute, Yerxa works with hand-made watercolour paper that has the appearance of leather. His technique, developed through patient experimentation, gives the magnificent images of galloping horses the sense that their thundering hooves are like a force of nature.
Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon, and Stars Began retells the traditional Pueblo story about the creation of the sun, moon and stars. This picture book account is told by Santa Ana Pueblo storyteller, Emmett Skheme Garcia. His people are known as the Tamayame who occupy the Rio Grande valley in New Mexico. This story is told about Coyote, the Trickster, and how he was responsible for the creation of the sun, moon and stars. Illustrated by Victoria Pringle the book will appeal to young readers with its crisp visual images of animals.
Frog Brings Rain is a bilingual retelling of the Navajo legend that explains how frog brought much-needed rain to the land. After a burning branch sets the mountain landscape on fire, the First People and their village are threatened by the fire. First Woman and First Man each ask several animals and birds to assist the people. Each animal and bird demonstrates their bravery in trying to help others. Unfortunately some are changed forever because they go too near the fire. Other creatures refuse to help.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher. The Three Little Sheep (Dibe Yazhi Taa'go Baa Hane') is a Navajo and English picture book retelling the tale of the Three Little Pigs and the Wolf. Navajo educator Seraphine Yazzie uses her skills to write the Dine version of this hilarious story. The three little sheep live with their mother in a house but one day mother sheep tells her sons that they must move out and a find a home of their own. So the brother sheep set off in different directions to find their new homes and become self-sufficient.