A Journey Through the Circle of Life is a 32-page children's picture book written by Métis author Desiree Gillespie and illustrated by Kimberly McKay-Fleming. The book tells the story of a Métis child and her grandfather, Pepere. Grandfather lives on a farm and every chance his granddaughter has she visits the farm. Cheyenne and her Pepere are close and each year they plant a tree. Grandfather explains the circle of life as everything living must die and return to Mother Earth. This natural rhythm of life is explained to Cheyenne in terms she can comprehend.
Goose Girl is a children's picture book from authors Joe and Matrine McLellan. In this story, the authors introduce a young girl named Marie who lived long ago and spoke Cree and French. Marie loved the fall season and enjoyed walking by the lake and watching the geese. She began to understand the life cycle of the geese and thought they were beautiful birds. In fact Marie loved the geese so much that she refused to eat goose for supper.
What Does Died Mean? Is a bilingual (Navajo and English) picture book that explains the meaning of death in simple terms that a young child can understand. A three-year-old Navajo girl learns about the death of her grandfather through the gentle teaching of her grandmother. The issue of diabetes, proper diet, and the family lifestyle are woven into the story. Through direct question and answer, the grandmother and child come to an understanding of loss and death by means of examples from their surroundings. Soft pastel colour drawings by Patrick G.
Dancing with the Cranes is a wonderfully compelling children's picture book by Okanagan writer Jeannette Armstrong about First Nations girl and her family as they await the arrival of the cranes and the birth of a new baby. After losing her grandmother, the girl feels sad and lonely and doesn't really want a new brother or sister. Her patient mother explains death and dying as part of the cycle of life. The girl thinks about the spring migration of the cranes and anticipates their return.
The Great Change by White Deer of Autumn (Gabriel Horn) explores the nature of life and death through the eyes of a nine-year-old girl and her grandmother. Along the ocean shore a girl and her grandmother fish for just enough food for their daily needs. As the two work together the girl questions why the fish had to die. The question is posed because of the recent death of the girl's grandfather. Struggling with her own grief, the grandmother draws on the circle of life as expressed in the pelicans that float nearby eating some fish.
Where Only The Elders Go - Moon Lake Loon Lake is a picture book for young readers by gifted Ojibwe author Jan Bourdeau Waboose. In this gentle story about the circle of life, a young Ojibwe boy hears the crying of the loon. He recalls his Mishomis (grandfather) and the teachings about life and death. Elders have a special place, Moon Lake Loon Lake, where they go at the end of their life's journey. Soft pastel watercolours capture the tranquil mood and spiritual nature of the ideas presented in the text. Moon Lake Loon Lake is a peaceful place that is sacred.