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.
Under a Shooting Star by children's author Maxine Trottier is the third historical novel in the Circle of Silver Chronicles is set during the War of 1812. Edward Wolf MacNeil, a fifteen-year-old Canadian of British and Oneida heritage, escorts two sisters Kate and Anne Kimmerling across Lake Erie to their relatives in Ohio. A raging storm grounds the boat on an island where the son of Shawnee leader Tecumseh offers the three safety and shelter. It is here on the island that Edward learns about the war between Britain and the Americans.
Ribambelle de rubans is the French edition of Ribbon Rescue by children's author Robert Munsch. This is a wonderful story about a Mohawk girl named Jillian who helps her neighbours while on her way to a family wedding. The girl selflessly assists others during her walk to the community church when she encounters the harried groom who is lost and missing his shoe laces, the distressed bride whose hair is all askew, and a family whose wedding gift is in need of wrapping.
Jen and the Great One is a children's picture book with a strong environmental message. Jen is a young child who enjoys playing and sitting beside a giant evergreen tree. She loves the texture of its bark and its Christmas tree smell. If Jen sat very still she could sometimes hear the wind whisper and then the old tree would speak. The remainder of the text is a heavy-handed account of clear cutting as explained by this lone tree. It tells the girl how it began from a seedling, how it grew and its role in the forest.
Sacagawea is a large-size picture book biography of the well-known historical figure that made a significant contribution to the Lewis and Clark expedition. Kidnapped at age 11 the girl was later sold to a fur trade when she was a teenager. She assisted the Lewis and Clark team as the guide and the author Lise Erdrich introduces young children to this remarkable woman's life. A time line, a map, and a brief bibliography follow the story. Colourful illustrations by Julie Buffalohead will engage and inform young readers. ATOS Reading Level: 5; Reading Level: 5; Lexile Measure: 840.
Pueblo Storyteller is a colourful photo-essay about one 10-year-old Pueblo girl's family and their artistic and cultural traditions. April Trujillo lives with her grandparents in the Cochiti Pueblo near Santa Fe, New Mexico. This contemporary Pueblo extended family's daily activities are described by April as she introduced the book's photographer Lawrence Migdale to bread making, pottery, drum making, and a special event. The girl begins by introducing herself, explaining her Pueblo name, and briefly outlining her community's history and culture.
Abenaki author and storyteller successfully transforms a traditional Mohawk story about the skeleton man into a contemporary plot with a young Mohawk girl whose family mysteriously disappears. A strange uncle appears to claim her and the girl is left with disturbing dreams that seem to reflect the traditional legend about a man whose hunger reaches frightening proportions. The girl's father had often told this Mohawk legend about a long ago family who disappears only to be saved by the family's youngest member.
Ribbon Rescue by children's author Robert Munsch is a wonderful story about a Mohawk girl named Jillian who helps her neighbours while on her way to a family wedding. The girl selflessly assists others during her walk to the community church when she encounters the harried groom who is lost and missing his shoe laces, the distressed bride whose hair is all askew, and a family whose wedding gift is in need of wrapping. Jillian comes to their rescue by taking the long ribbons from her new ribbon dress made especially for the wedding by her grandmother.
The Rough-Face Girl is a fictional and romanticized Cinderalla fairy tale transplanted by author Rafe Martin to the shores of Lake Ontario. Here it is claimed that Algonquin people lived in wigwams. Among them was a family of elderly father, two step-sisters and the Cinderella-like character, called Rough-Face. The Cinderella character tends the family cooking fire and the embers have over time scarred her face. Her step-sisters vie for the hand of a strange, mystical and invisible being who lives with his sister on the edge of the village.
Tracking Doctor Lonecloud: Showman to Legend Keeper is the autobiography of a Mi'kmaw healer born in 1854 to Mi'kmaw parents. Germain Bartlett Laksi, known later as Doctor Jerry Lonecloud, lived the fascinating life of guide, showman, seller of herbal remedies, and historian. Lonecloud's life was influenced by historic events in Canada and the United States. Born in Maine, Lonecloud's father enlisted in the Union army during the US Civil War. While he survived this devastating conflict, he lost his life a few years later while hunting for Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth.