7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga is the 4-book graphic novel series by David Alexander Robertson and Scott Henderson now available in this new full-colour edition. This 128-page graphic novel contains volume one: Stone, volume 2: Scars; volume 3: Ends/Begins, and volume 4: The Pact. This graphic novel follows one Plains Cree family from the early 19th century to the present day and tells a story of redemption as residential school survivor James and his son, Edwin, reconcile their past and begin a new journey. Edwin is facing an uncertain future.
The Ice King is written by Allison Mitcham about a Mi'kmaw youth long ago who outsmarted the Ice King. This traditional Mi'kmaq legend offers the account in English, French, and Mi'kmaq. The French text, Le Roi de Glace, is translated by Corinne Gallant; the Mi'kmaq version, Mkumiey Eleke'wit, is written by Serena M. Sark. Because they did not know how to defend themselves against the Ice King, the inhabitants of a Mi'kmaq village risked death every winter - until a day when a brave Mi'kmaw dared to stand up to him. Will he manage to subdue this formidable enemy?
The Dragonfly Who Flies in Circles: Aaboodashkoonishiinh Egaagiitaawbizad is the recent bilingual Ojibwe and English picture book from Ojibwe linguists Isadore Toulouse and Shirley Williams. This colourful children's book presents the life cycle of a dragonfly from his birth to his death. Told in simple English sentences with Ojibwe translations, the story begins in a small pond. Paper cut-out illustrations in soft pastels by illustrator Brita Brookes capture the essence of the story about the dragonfly names, Lives in Two Worlds.
Ojibway Clans: Animal Totems and Spirits is a 24-page picture book about the Ojibwe Clan system. Written and illustrated by Mark Anthony Jacobson, this full-colour art book presents basic information about each clan animal, its name in Ojibwe and the important character attributes of the Turtle, Loon, Thunderbird, Wolf, Marten, Porcupine, Eagle, Butterfly, Sturgeon, Bear, Deer, and Crane. Each 2-page spread features the Woodland style art of the clan animal, bird, or fish, and the facing page provides simple sentences about the values and characteristics of the clan totem.
The Way is Joseph Bruchac's 2007 young-adult novel featuring an Abenaki youth dealing with teasing and bullying. In this story Cody is just beginning his high school career and deals with bullies through his imagination and trying to remain invisible to those who target weak students. Cody has a tendency to stutter and this makes him more self-conscience. In his imagination Cody is a super ninja hero who saves the students around him and is praised at his funeral. But on the day-to-day school front, Cody and other students have to try not to be the victims.
Living in Harmony, Mino-nawae-indawaewin is the second title by Ojibwe linguist and storyteller Basil Johnson in the Anishinaubaemowin Series. This collection, commissioned by Zagamok Wasseyaankaan Anishinaabebigewin, contains 10 stories in English. The Ojibwe language version follows each story. These legends and oral traditions are meant to be read aloud resources for elementary students. They are also suitable for adult literacy students and anyone interested in knowing more about Anishinaabe traditional stories.
The Mighty Glooscap Transforms Animals and Landscape is a trilingual picture book that retells a Mi'kmaq legend. The French section is Le maître Glooscap transforme animaux et paysage and is translated by Rejean Roy. The Mi’kmaq section is Mawiknat Klu’skap Sa’se’wo’laji Wi’sisk aqq Sa’se’wa’toq Maqamikew and is translated by Serena Sock. The English section is written by Allison Mitcham. The illustrated story explains how the geography of New Brunswick came to be. It also explains why the animals appear in their current shape and size.
Nikik and Wapus Save the People is a 40-page picture book about Nanabosho’s friends, Nikik the Otter and Wapus the Rabbit. Storyteller Joe McLellan usually writes stories featuring the Trickster, Nanabosho. In this story he offers readers a fun story about two friends who love to play tricks on each other. But the pals come across a group of mice and weasels who are stealing food from the Anishinaabe, the People. The friends join forces to do what they know is the right thing to do. Together they save the people by stopping these greedy thieves.
Ode'min keng - "Picking Strawberries" is a bilingual book with cassette by Ojibwe author Marie Gaudet. She has adapted her mother's childhood story and retells it in English and Ojibwe. Rose Logan Pitawanakwat tells the story in the first person. The story recounts the close relationship between child and grandmother as the two set out to pick wild strawberries. Grandmother (Nokomis) shows the child how, when, and where to pick strawberries. She explains that they will be picking berries so that they can preserve them for the winter months.