The Gathering Tree is the most recent children's book by award-winning authors Larry Loyie and Constance Brissenden. The authors tackle the difficult issue of HIV/AIDS in this picture book set in a First Nations community in British Columbia. A special cousin is returning home for a community ceremony. Robert is a 21-year-old First Nations man who went to the city for his education. His younger cousins, Tyler and Shay-Lyn, look up to him as a role model for his marathon running ability. But on this visit something has changed.
Nokum Ma Voix Et Mon Coeur is the French language edition of Nokum is My Teacher by David Bouchard. Nokum is My Teacher is a picture book that effectively explains about teachings from grandmother, Nokum, told in French and Cree. Allen Sapp's remarkable oil paintings illustrate this sensitive book about the importance of Elders. Grandson asks his grandmother about the importance of attending school and learning how to read. Grandmother provides gentle teachings about respect for the culture of the Cree and advises the boy about understanding the world around him as well as his community.
A Sled Dog for Moshi is a picture book first published in 1994. This reprint tells a contemporary story about an Inuk girl and her friend Jessica from New York. The two girls enjoy playing with the white terrier dog that is the New York girl's pet. Moshi really wants a pet dog just like Jessica's dog. Moshi knows the purpose of Inuit sled dogs is to pull the sled and not act as pets. Nevertheless Moshi asks her father for one of the new puppies her father's lead dog will soon have. But the dog mysteriously disappears.
Wabi: A Hero's Tale is the most recent novel for young adults by the prolific Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac. In this story, Bruchac takes his inspiration from traditional Abenaki stories. The novel begins with great-horned owl narrating his first memories as the runt in his owl home nest. Confronted with challenges from these earliest times, including a disinterested mother and mean brother, Wabi is unceremoniously pushed from his nest and left to begin life alone. When Wabi is confronted with a frightening situation his great-grandmother appears to rescue the tiny owl.
Orphans in the Sky is a picture book that tells a story about a brother and sister who are orphans in a long ago Arctic village. The older brother and younger sister are out on the land looking for small game because the people are hungry. But while they search for food the village has decided to move camp. Inadvertently the orphans are overlooked and the people leave without them. Brother and sister return to find the camp gone. Alone again they try to think how they will survive and consider living with cousins such as the caribou or the seas.
Bearwalker is one of Joseph Bruchac's 2007 young adult novels. This horror and mystery story revolves on the life of twelve-year-old Baron Braun, a grade eight Mohawk, Bear Clan student who is reluctant to go on a camping trip to the Adirondack Mountains. Baron has lots to deal with, not only does he deal daily with school bullies; he also must cope with his parents' absence as they serve their country in Iraq. Living with his grandmother, Baron receives love and support from her and an uncle as well as a teacher and the librarian.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher It's Test Day, Tiger Turcotte is a chapter book for young readers about a multiracial boy coping with test anxiety. Tiger is seven and is taking a first-time, serious test in second grade. The test anxiety begins in the morning at home before he sets off to class. Despite his mother's calming presence, Tiger still has worries about the test. He wonders about the possible types of questions on this special test. Then the test begins and right off there is a problem question.
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.
The Trail of Tears by renowned Abenaki author, Joseph Bruchac, is part of the Step into Reading program from Random House books. This beginning chapter book recounts the story of the Cherokee forced relocation in 1838. This title is classified as a Step 5 book in the series because it provides an independent reading experience for students who are ready for chapters. This title features longer paragraphs and contains coloured illustrations that encourage young readers to try a chapter book.
Muskrat Will Be Swimming is a 32-page picture book about a contemporary Native American girl who learns to be proud of her ancestry and understands the power of name-calling and teasing. Jeannie loves living beside a lake where muskrats live but her fellow classmates from the affluent part of town call her names and bully her. Being called Lake Rat makes Jeannie sad but wise grandfather tells her the Seneca Creation story about Skywoman being assisted by birds and animals. In the story the muskrat is responsible for bring up earth in its tiny paws from the deep water.