The Game of Silence is the second children's novel in Ojibwe writer Louise Erdrich's trilogy about the life of a 19th century Ojibwe family set on Madeline Island in Lake Superior. The reader follows the daily life of 9-year-old Omakayas and her extended family during the yearly cycle of activities in 1849. This loving family enjoys a satisfying and happy way of life but everything changes during the summer season when a raggedy group of distant relative stumbles into their camp in search of food and shelter.
Historical fiction novel set in the Quebec and Detroit regions in the early 1700s. A young Pawnee slave is purchased by French-Canadian girl and given his freedom. Their lives are intertwined during this period of the fur trade and political intrigue among the French and First Nations. Themes of racism, class structure, family, and first love are well portrayed in this adventure narrative that draws on historical events and features a strong and well-drawn female heroine.
Angelique: The Long Way Home is Book 2 in the Our Canadian Girl series that features the Metis girl, Angelique. The modern map of Canada at the beginning of the book sets the location of the book's setting. The story takes place in Saskatchewan near Batoche in 1865 and features ten-year-old Angelique Dumas and her Metis family. It's 1865, and Angelique and her family are hunting buffalo across the prairies, along with other Metis families. When horse thieves raid their camp one night, more than the horses are in danger: the buffalo hunt-and the Metis' very survival are at stake.
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.
Out on the Ice in the Middle of the Bay, first issued in 1993, has been re-released by Annick Press. Written by Peter Cumming, author and playwright, the picture book answers the question, what if a polar bear cub and child met on the ice in the middle of the bay. In this story a girl named Leah and Baby Boy Nanook each listen to their parents' warnings about not wandering off. But each little one goes out exploring and they both see an iceberg out on the ice in the middle of the bay.
Waheenee: An Indian Girl's Story Told by Herself to Gilbert L. Wilson is a reprint of the 1927 original publication. As a Hidatsa woman, Buffalo Bird Woman or Waheenee was born in an earth lodge in 1839 three years following a smallpox epidemic. Contacted by a researcher from the American Museum of Natural History, Waheenee became a valuable informant of her people's culture from a woman's perspective. Her story recounts her childhood, her life as an adolescent, and her later years as a knowledgeable, highly-skilled woman of her culture.
Mkoons Miinwaa Zidens Eshki-Saagjiitmowaad (The Adventures of Mkoons and Zidens) was written and illustrated by Grade 6-8 students at First Nations School, Toronto. The students include Sharmylae Taffe, Cecily Jacko, Celia Pasquatch, Nickolas Marshall, Brian Esquimaux, Elijah Stevens, Olivia Stevens, Shayne Green and Andy Esquimaux. Ojibwe translation provided by Dorothy Pitawanakwat with assistance from Rose Logan Pitawanakwat. This bilingual story written in English and Ojibwe tells the adventures of two bear cubs and their encounter with a young girl.
Tes Chaussettes Sentent la Mouffette! is the French edition of Smelly Socks by children's author Robert Munsch. This is a wonderful story that takes its inspiration from a Dene girl named Tina who lived in Hay River, Northwest Territories. On one of Munsch's storytelling events in Canada's North during the 1980s he met a young girl named Tina Fabian. Since the audience for this reading was small, Munsch created individualized stories for each child present. On that day Tina was wearing multicoloured socks and so Robert Munsch made up a story about these socks on the spot.
Smelly Socks by children's author Robert Munsch is a wonderful story that takes its inspiration from a Dene girl named Tina who lived in Hay River, Northwest Territories. On one of Munsch's storytelling events in Canada's North during the 1980s he met a young girl named Tina Fabian. Since the audience for this reading was small, Munsch created individualized stories for each child present. On that day Tina was wearing multicoloured socks and so Robert Munsch made up a story about these socks on the spot.
A Promise Is A Promise is the popular children's picture book by well-known children's author Robert Munsch and Inuit storyteller Michael Kusugak. In this story Michael Kusugak and Robert Munsch collaborate by taking the mythical characters that live in the sea ice, the Qallupilluit, and create an adventure story about a young Inuit girl. Allashua does not listen to her mother's warnings about Qallupilluit. She convinces herself that these creatures, which are similar to trolls, are just stories her mother uses as a warning to keep away from the dangerous sea ice.