With breathtaking virtuosity, Garry Thomas Morse sets out to recover the appropriated, stolen and scattered world of his ancestral people from Alert Bay to Quadra Island to Vancouver, retracing Captain Vancouver’s original sailing route. These poems draw upon both written history and oral tradition to reflect all of the respective stories of the community, which vocally weave in and out of the dialogics of the text. Governor General’s Poetry Award finalist (2011) for Discovery Passages. First Nation Communities Read 2013-2014 title.
Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall by Ojibwe artist Leo Yerxa is a celebration of the seasonal change from fall to winter. Through prose poetry and collage images, Yerxa weaves an engaging account of a Nishnawbe (Ojibwe) parent and child who travel in the woods during autumn. They begin by paddling a canoe to an island where they walk through different types of terrain. As evening approaches the pair set up camp and they settle in for the night. Using their upturned canoe for shelter the two fall asleep hearing the wind howl.
Qu'appelle (French edition) by Métis poet and storyteller David Bouchard combines a romanticized retelling of the origin of Qu'Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan with the evocative paintings by Cree artist Michael Lonechild. Bouchard explains how he first heard the compelling story about the region's name. Qu'Appelle can be traced to a Cree story about love and heartbreak between a First Nation's couple. Michael Lonechild draws upon his vivid memories of Saskatchewan's landscapes during the four seasons as his inspiration for the collaboration.
Kisses, Kisses Baby-O is a board book by author and educator Sheree Fitch. This simple 10-page book features multicultural parents and caregivers laughing and holding their babies. Baby wakes, plays, and sleeps as the loving parent speaks to baby in simple rhyme ending each with the phrase, Baby-O. This board book is also available in a Mi'kmaq edition, Weska'qelmut Apje'juanu, translated by Bernie Francis.
Si Tu N'es Pas De La Prairie is the French edition of David Bouchard's picture book, If You're Not from the Prairie. This is the perfect picture book for those who grew up in the Canadian Prairies or wish they did. Combing simple poetic verse with the nostalgic paintings by Henry Ripplinger, Métis author David Bouchard's 1994 volume is valuable for teachers looking for examples of poetry, mentor texts, or adults who will appreciate the attractive images of the carefree Prairies boy who becomes the work worn farmer.
If You're Not From the Prairie is the perfect picture book for those who grew up in the Canadian Prairies or wish they did. Combing simple poetic verse with the nostalgic paintings by Henry Ripplinger, Métis author David Bouchard's 1994 volume is valuable for teachers looking for examples of poetry, mentor texts, or adults who will appreciate the attractive images of the carefree Prairies boy who becomes the work worn farmer.
Dance Baby Dance is a new board book from Orca Book Publishers that celebrates the relationship of newborn infants with their parents, siblings, cousins and grandparents. In rhyming verse each page of the board book features a colour photograph of a baby welcomed into the family circle through dance and music. The only cautionary note to this otherwise charming board book is the reference to young children patting a puppy in the park. The illustration shows an unattended toddler extending her hand to a large dog.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher When the Horses Ride By: Children in Times of War is a powerful picture book that can be used effectively in the classroom to introduce discussions about war and peace. Through the eyes and words of children, the author and illustrator approached the themes of dreams and aspirations, and overcoming war by having the words spoken by children in 17 free verse poems.