Raven's Greatest Creation: Gaagaagi Ogichi-gikendaasowin is the 2011 release from Métis author and storyteller David Bouchard. Bouchard has dreamed this version of creation story of Skyworld, Raven, and the ultimate creation of two-leggeds or humans. Cherokee artist Brigitte Lopez has created a colourful and majestic series of paintings for this book. The animals such as Swan, Bear, Buffalo, Cougar, and Raven take on other-worldly appearances. Each animal and bird contributes their special gifts courage, humility, respect, cooperation, and wisdom to the new creation, humankind.
Shkimma and Sam is a brief 21-page illustrated story about having a second chance as a youth finds the true meaning of the Seven Grandfather Teachings from an Elder named Sam. Ojibwe artist James Mishibinijima wrote and illustrated this story about an angry boy named Shkimma whose very name indicated that he was always getting angry. Sitting beside a peaceful bay the boy met the Elder as the older man was out for a walk. The Elder asked the boy why he was not attending school with his friends.
Rabbit and Bear Paws Sacred Seven is a new picture book series created by Chad Solomon, Tanya Leary, and Christopher Meyer. The seven picture books contain the characters, 12-year-old Rabbit, 10-year-old Bear Paws, and 11-year-old Strawberry, developed by Chad Solomon in his The Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws graphic novel offerings. This new selection contains seven stand alone titles each one based on one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings: Courage, Honesty, Humility, Love, Respect, Truth, and Wisdom.
Seven-year-old Cedar lives in a big city with her mom and travels to the Georgian Bay area of Ontario to stay with her dad’s family on the reserve every summer. She receives some valuable gifts during her summer visits. This charming and descriptive story teaches the core traditional First Nation cultural values (Seven Grandfather Teachings) in a contemporary setting. It portrays the strong ties that exist within First Nation families and communities.
Fight for Justice by teacher Lori Saigeon is a highly accessible novel about bullying as seen through the perspective of 10-year-old Justice Stoneyplain and his twin sister Charity. Both attend an inner-city school in a Prairie town. Living away from their home reserve the family occasionally visits the children's Mushum and Kokum on highly anticipated weekends. Both brother and sister are faced with a neighbourhood bully who causes them much grief. The growing problem escalates as Justice is hesitant to talk with his mother or teachers.
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.
Entre dans la Grande Ronde (The Drum Calls Softly) is Métis writer David Bouchard's picture book co-written with educator Shelley Willier and illustrated by Jim Poitras. This edition is written in French and Cree. The story is told in rhyming verse as the narrator celebrates with others the joy of the round dance and the music of the drum. This bilingual Cree and French book offers readers insight into the cultural understanding of First Nations by drawing them into the circle. They explore the seasons, the life cycle, cultural values, and making new friends.
The Vision Seeker is a children's picture book by Ojibwe author James Whetung from Curve Lake, Ontario. In this retelling of the origin of the sweat lodge, the author introduces young readers to one aspect of Ojibwe spirituality. The young boy in the story wishes that he could help his village overcome the constant warfare that had befallen the people. The boy's parents offer a solution. So the boy sets off to a distant mountain to undertake his vision quest. The vision quest is a time of fasting and dreaming. The boy has only four kernels of corn for sustenance during the quest.
The graphic novel 7 Generations Stone by David Alexander Robertson and illustrator Scott B. Henderson introduces the first volume in a series of four novels. The Pact concludes the graphic novel series 7 Generations. It follows one Aboriginal 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.
Jim Thorpe's Bright Path is a recommended children's picture book about the life of an amazing athlete who was recognized Athlete of the Century by the American government in 1999. Jim Thorpe (1887-1953), Sac and Fox, was born in Oklahoma and excelled at sports. He attended Carlisle Indian School (residential/boarding school) where he played a variety of sports including football. Later in life he went to the 1912 Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden where he won both the Pentathlon and the Decathlon.