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    Lessons from Mother Earth Elaine McLeod Canada, Colleen Wood Canada
    9780888998323 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 2 - 5, Grade (US) from P - K Publication Date:April 01, 2010
    $9.95 CAD 8.63 x 8.75 x 0.14 in | 0.24 lb | 24 pages Carton Quantity:150 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Tess has visited her grandmother many times without really being aware of the garden. But today they step outside the door and Tess learns that all of nature can be a garden. And if you take care of the plants that are growing, if you learn about them -- understanding when they flower, when they give fruit, and when to leave them alone -- you will always find something to nourish you. This gentle story demonstrates the First Nations' tradition of taking care of Mother Earth.

      Bio
      Elaine McLeod is a teacher who has lived and worked in many parts of the world. She was born in Mayo, Yukon, and is a member of the Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nation. The stories she writes were originally told to her children so that they would know their history and understand their roots. Elaine lives in Whitehorse with her husband and four children. This is her first book.

      Colleen Wood has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer in Vancouver for more than thirty years. She is an avid traveler, bringing her experiences home to use as creative inspiration. Her work has been shown in the Canadian Federation of Artists’ international art exhibition, and she has been showcased in International Artist Magazine.

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    Kisimi Taimaippaktut Angirrarijarani / Only in My Hometown Bilingual edition Angnakuluk Friesen Canada, Ippiksaut Friesen Canada, Jean Kusugak Canada
    9781554988839 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date:September 01, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 11 x 8.25 x 0.4 in | 320 gr | 24 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      The northern lights shine, women gather to eat raw caribou meat and everyone could be family in this ode to small-town life in Nunavut, written in English and Inuktitut.

      Sisters Angnakuluk Friesen and Ippiksaut Friesen collaborate on this story about what it’s like to grow up in an Inuit community in Nunavut. Every line about the hometown in this book will have readers thinking about what makes their own hometowns unique. With strong social studies curriculum connections, Kisimi Taimaippaktut Angirrarijarani / ??? ????????? ???????? / Only in My Hometown introduces young readers to life in the Canadian North, as well as the Inuit language and culture.

      Angnakuluk’s simple text, translated into Inuktitut and written out in syllabics and transliterated roman characters, is complemented by Ippiksaut’s warm paintings of their shared hometown.

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.4
      Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.1
      Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1
      Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4
      Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

      Bio
      Angnakuluk Friesen grew up in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, where she volunteers for the local fire department and does contract work. She spends time at the cabin with her family at the river and enjoys sewing winter clothing for loved ones. Angnakuluk lives with her husband in Rankin Inlet. This is her first book.Ippiksaut Friesen is an Inuk from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. She studied drawing and ceramics at the Matchbox Gallery located in Rankin Inlet. She's a graduate of Emily Carr University where she received her bachelor's degree in media arts, majoring in animation. Her mixed-media art focuses on Inuit community through animation or illustration. She lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut.Jean Kusugak is an interpreter and translator in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.
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      The sister collaborators work in harmony. … Heartwarming and illuminating.
      … the book pushes at the boundaries of literary conventions in both form and content, providing a much-needed mirror for readers within the culture, and an astonishing window for those outside. A lovely testament to community and cultural diversity.

      "The sister collaborators work in harmony. … Heartwarming and illuminating." — Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

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    Alego Ningeokuluk Teevee Canada
    9780888999436 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date:August 01, 2009
    $17.95 CAD 7.63 x 9.63 x 0.4 in | 0.66 lb | 24 pages Carton Quantity:50 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Written and illustrated by Ningeokuluk Teevee, one of the most interesting young artists in Cape Dorset, home to the great tradition of Inuit art, this is a beautifully simple story, written in Inuktitut and English, about a young Inuit girl who goes to the shore with her grandmother to collect clams for supper. Along the way she discovers tide pools brimming with life – a bright orange starfish, a creepy-crawly thing with many legs called an ugjunnaq, a hornshaped sea snail and a sculpin. This is an enchanting and utterly authentic introduction to the life of an Inuit child and her world.

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.1
      With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.3
      With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

      Bio
      Ningeokuluk Teevee, an exceptionally gifted artist, is one of the major contributors to the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection, which is distributed to art galleries across North America. Much of her art draws on the Inuit stories and legends that she heard as a child, although this book recalls her childhood experiences of digging for clams with her grandmother. She lives with her family in Kinnigait (Cape Dorset), Nunavut.
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      Awards
      Governor General's Literary Award: Illustration 2009, Short-listed
      USBBY Outstanding International Books 2010, Commended
      Resource Link's Year's Best 2010, Commended
      Reviews
      Graphite and color pencil illustrations lend an innocence and simplicity to this unique tale.
      The drawings by the author are delightfully expressive...
      ...[The] English translation [of the Inuktitut] is sprinkled with musical words from the original...a harmonious universally recognizable shared time between a child and her affectionate grandparents.
      Complementary in both forms of language, and accompanied by exquisite drawings, this book introduces the Canadian north and Inuit culture through a reading experience that will bridge to more conversation and understanding of places and cultures that seem far away.
      A delightful book...sure to be enjoyed by children from all backgrounds.
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    Huron Carol Ian Wallace Canada
    9781554983940 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations Age (years) from 5, Grade (US) from K Publication Date:October 01, 2013
    $14.95 CAD 10.25 x 9.25 in | 0.96 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Renowned children's book illustrator Ian Wallace brings his masterful ability to paint landscape and his cultural sensitivity to The Huron Carol, a beautiful and unusual song with a rich history.

      In the early 1600s Father Jean de Brébeuf came to Canada from his native France as a Jesuit missionary. He settled among the Huron, or Ouendat, people in what is now Midland, Ontario. Despite his missionary zeal, Brébeuf was sensitive to the people with whom he lived. He learned their language and he wrote, in Huron, the original version of this famous Christmas carol. He and his fellow priests, called Black Robes, and many of their Huron parishioners were killed in an Iroquois raid in 1649.

      But Brébeuf's carol continued to be sung by successive generations of Hurons. Then in 1926, Toronto writer Jesse Edgar Middleton, inspired by Brébeuf, wrote his own version of the carol in English. His are the familiar words we sing today, describing the Huron landscape, flora and fauna in telling the Christmas story.

      Ian Wallace's luminous illustrations, set against the dramatic backdrop of Georgian Bay, make this a stunning Christmas gift book. Multilingual versions of the text, the music and a full description of how this carol has come down to us today are included.

      Bio

      Ian Wallace is one of Canada’s best-known children’s book creators. He has published many classics, including Boy of the Deeps and Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance. His illustrations for Canadian Railroad Trilogy and Just So Stories have each received three starred reviews. His most recent book is The Curiosity Cabinet.

      Ian has won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, among others. He has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Governor General’s Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.

      Ian lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, Deb.

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    Grandpa's Girls Nicola Campbell Canada, Kim Lafave Canada
    9781554980840 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date:September 24, 2011
    $18.95 CAD 7 x 9.13 x 0.4 in | 0.68 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:54 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      A finalist for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize

      A young girl delights in a visit to her grandpa’s farm. She and her cousins run through the fields, explore the root cellar where the salmon and jars of fruit are stored, swing on a rope out the barn loft window, visit the Appaloosa in the corral and tease the neighbor’s pig. The visit is also an opportunity for this child to ask Grandpa what her grandmother,Yayah, was like, and explore the “secret room,”with its old wooden trunk of ribbons, medals and photos of Grandpa in uniform.

      There is a wonderful blend of fun and family history in this visit to a grandparent, but also the realization that there can be some things about the people we know and love that will always remain a mystery.

      Bio
      Nicola I. Campbell is Interior Salish and Metis, and she grew up in British Columbia's Nicola Valley. She is the author of Shi-shi-etko (Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year) and Shin-chi's Canoe (TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, Governor General's Award Finalist for Illustration, USBBY Outstanding International Books), both illustrated by Kim LaFave. Nicola lives in Vancouver.Kim LaFave has won the Governor General's Award, the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for his illustrations in Amos’s Sweater by Janet Lunn. He illustrated Shin-chi's Canoe by Nicola I. Campbell, which was a finalist for the Governor General's Award. He lives in Roberts Creek, B.C.
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      Awards
      CCBC Choices Best of the year 2012
      BC Book Prize Shortlist 2012
      Reviews
      The voice may be adult, but the experience is recalled vividly enough to bring young readers along.
      The kids’ robust curiosity and enterprising snooping make it deliciously cheerful.
      The book is a vicarious pleasure...
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    Shi-shi-etko Nicola Campbell Canada, Kim Lafave Canada
    9780888996596 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date:August 08, 2005
    $18.95 CAD 8.4 x 8.1 x 1.4 in | 0.68 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:54 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Winner of the Anskohk Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year Award. Finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the Ruth Schwartz Award

      In just four days young Shi-shi-etko will have to leave her family and all that she knows to attend residential school.

      She spends her last days at home treasuring the beauty of her world -- the dancing sunlight, the tall grass, each shiny rock, the tadpoles in the creek, her grandfather's paddle song. Her mother, father and grandmother, each in turn, share valuable teachings that they want her to remember. And so Shi-shi-etko carefully gathers her memories for safekeeping.

      Richly hued illustrations complement this gently moving and poetic account of a child who finds solace all around her, even though she is on the verge of great loss -- a loss that native people have endured for generations because of the residential schools system.

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.1
      With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
      Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
      Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5
      Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

      Bio
      Nicola I. Campbell is Interior Salish and Metis, and she grew up in British Columbia's Nicola Valley. She is the author of Shi-shi-etko (Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year) and Shin-chi's Canoe (TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, Governor General's Award Finalist for Illustration, USBBY Outstanding International Books), both illustrated by Kim LaFave. Nicola lives in Vancouver.Kim LaFave has won the Governor General's Award, the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for his illustrations in Amos’s Sweater by Janet Lunn. He illustrated Shin-chi's Canoe by Nicola I. Campbell, which was a finalist for the Governor General's Award. He lives in Roberts Creek, B.C.
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      Awards
      Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award 2006, Short-listed
      Chocolate Lily Award 2006, Long-listed
      Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (CCBC) 2006, Short-listed
      TD Canadian Children's Literature Award 2006, Short-listed
      Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year (Co-Winner) 2006, Winner
      CCBC Our Choice (Starred Selection) 2006, Commended
      Reviews
      ...a timely publication...Campbell has written the story in a gentle poetic style.
      LaFave places a child in modern dress...within landscapes whose strong, curving lines evoke subdued but intense feelings underlying this poignant tale of taking leave.
      The text is poetic and the story is gentle.
      This is a gorgeously illustrated story...The lyricism of Nicola Campbell's prose makes the point that such pristine experiences can and should be held in memory.
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    Shin-chi's Canoe Nicola Campbell Canada, Kim Lafave Canada
    9780888998576 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 Publication Date:August 01, 2008
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 8.13 x 0.41 in | 0.72 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:50 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Winner of the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and finalist for the Governor General's Award: Children's Illustration

      This moving sequel to the award-winning Shi-shi-etko tells the story of two children's experience at residential school. Shi-shi-etko is about to return for her second year, but this time her six-year-old brother, Shin-chi, is going, too.

      As they begin their journey in the back of a cattle truck, Shi-shi-etko tells her brother all the things he must remember: the trees, the mountains, the rivers and the salmon. Shin-chi knows he won't see his family again until the sockeye salmon return in the summertime. When they arrive at school, Shi-shi-etko gives him a tiny cedar canoe, a gift from their father.

      The children's time is filled with going to mass, school for half the day, and work the other half. The girls cook, clean and sew, while the boys work in the fields, in the woodshop and at the forge. Shin-chi is forever hungry and lonely, but, finally, the salmon swim up the river and the children return home for a joyful family reunion.

      Bio
      Nicola I. Campbell is Interior Salish and Metis, and she grew up in British Columbia's Nicola Valley. She is the author of Shi-shi-etko (Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year) and Shin-chi's Canoe (TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, Governor General's Award Finalist for Illustration, USBBY Outstanding International Books), both illustrated by Kim LaFave. Nicola lives in Vancouver.Kim LaFave has won the Governor General's Award, the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for his illustrations in Amos’s Sweater by Janet Lunn. He illustrated Shin-chi's Canoe by Nicola I. Campbell, which was a finalist for the Governor General's Award. He lives in Roberts Creek, B.C.
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      Awards
      Chocolate Lily Award - Picture Book 2008, Short-listed
      TD Canadian Children's Literature Award 2009, Winner
      Governor General's Literary Awards: Illustration 2008, Short-listed
      Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (CCBC) 2009, Short-listed
      OLA Silver Birch Express 2009, Long-listed
      Reviews
      LaFave's digitally colored pencil sketches contrast the austerity of boarding-school life with the natural beauty of the children's home.
      Kim LaFave's illustrations for this book are...bold and beautiful...an evocative accompaniment to a powerful text.
      LaFave's striking yet soft digital illustrations are appropriately somber and deftly capture the mood with subtle earth tones on each page...This realistic, tender story [is] an accessible and important contribution to Native literature.
      This book is an important addition to this literature with its intertwining of historical fact with an engaging narrative and evocative illustrations.
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    Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox New edition Danielle Daniel Canada
    9781773061177 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from K - 2 Publication Date:July 15, 2017
    $9.95 CAD 8.25 x 10 x 0.1 in | 160 gr | 40 pages Carton Quantity:80 Groundwood Books
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      Children’s love for animals and disguise come together in this award-winning introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals.

      In this introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals, young children explain why they identify with different creatures such as a deer, beaver or moose. Delightful illustrations show the children wearing masks representing their chosen animal, while the few lines of text on each page work as a series of simple poems throughout the book.

      In a brief author’s note, Danielle Daniel explains the importance of totem animals in Anishinaabe culture and how they can also act as animal guides for young children seeking to understand themselves and others.

      Key Text Features
      author’s note

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7
      With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4
      Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4
      Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
      Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.2
      Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.7
      Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

      Bio

      Danielle Daniel, writer, artist and illustrator is Métis. Her first book, Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and was selected as one of New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. A schoolteacher for many years, Danielle now writes and paints stories for children and adults and is pursuing her MFA in creative writing through the University of British Columbia. She recently published a nonfiction work, The Dependent: A Memoir of Marriage & the Military. She lives in Northern Ontario.

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      Awards
      49th Shelf Favourite Picture Books of the Year 2015, Commended
      New York Public Library Best 100 Books for Reading and Sharing 2015, Commended
      TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Reads 2016, Commended
      Blue Spruce Award 2017, Short-listed
      Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2016, Winner
      CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens 2016, Commended
      CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens 2016, Commended
      Reviews

      Winner — Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award

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    niwîcihâw / I Help New edition Caitlin Nicholson Canada, Leona Morin-Neilson Canada
    9781773061160 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from K - 2 Publication Date:March 01, 2018
    $12.95 CAD 8.5 x 12.25 x 0.11 in | 160 gr | 24 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      “Textured acrylic paintings, done in rich earth tones...portray the sanctity of the natural environment...a sensitive, respectful portrayal of contemporary Native Americans.” — School Library Journal

      This simple story in Cree and English explores a young child’s relationship to his grandmother, or nôkhom, as they go for a walk in the woods to pick rosehips. The young boy follows his grandmother, walking, listening, picking, praying and eating, just as she does. In doing so, he absorbs the rich cultural traditions and values of his Cree heritage.

      Caitlin Dale Nicholson’s acrylic-on-canvas illustrations portray the close relationship between the boy and his grandmother and the natural beauty of the bush. Her text has been translated into Cree by Leona Morin-Neilson, who was also the inspiration for niwîcihâw / [insert syllabics ] / I Help.

      Formerly titled Niwechihaw / I Help, this revised paperback edition features updated text, including Cree syllabics in addition to standard roman orthography and English.

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      recipe

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.3
      With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.4
      Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.6
      With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7
      With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

      Bio

      Caitlin Dale Nicholson is a graduate of the First Nations Studies program at the University of Northern British Columbia, and she teaches art and English at an alternate school in Prince George. She is also learning about traditional plant medicines from Leona Morin-Neilson. Caitlin’s first picture book, Niwechihaw / I Help, has been highly acclaimed. She lives with her family in Prince George.

      Leona Morin-Neilson teaches Cree at the “Power of Friendship” Aboriginial Headstart program in Prince George, British Columbia, and at the University of Northern British Columbia. She also teaches people in her community about traditional plants and how they can be used for medicinal purposes.

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      Awards
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      Praise for Niwechihaw / I Help by Caitlin Dale Nicholson with Leona Morin-Neilson:

      “…a quiet narrative…broad brush strokes and blurred colours conveying light and atmosphere as much as personality…the simple verbs in present tense provide a wealth of clues about the workings of the Cree language.” Toronto Star

      “…acrylic-on-canvas paintings give a dream-like feel to the story, making it almost a nostalgic look at childhood…Recommended.” CM Magazine

      “Textured acrylic paintings, done in rich earth tones…portray the sanctity of the natural environment…a sensitive, respectful portrayal of contemporary Native Americans.” School Library Journal

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    nipêhon / I Wait Caitlin Nicholson Canada, Leona Morin-Neilson Canada
    9781554989140 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from K - 2 Publication Date:September 01, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 8.5 x 12.25 x 0.42 in | 480 gr | 24 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      A quiet, gentle story about a family working together written in Cree and English.

      A young child, her grandmother and mother are going out to pick wild yarrow. As Grandmother gets ready, the child and her mom wait. Grandmother leads the way to the field of blossoms, where they can finally start to pick … only now they have to wait for Mom!

      The simple story, written in Cree and English and accompanied by rich acrylic illustrations, shows the patience, love and humor involved as three generations accommodate one another on a family outing. nipêhon / ??????? / I Wait was translated by Leona Morin-Neilson, who was the inspiration for the book.

      This companion volume to Niwechihaw / I Help includes a recipe for yarrow tea, known for its refreshing and soothing effects.

      Key Text Features
      recipe
      author’s note

      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.3
      With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.4
      Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

      Bio

      Caitlin Dale Nicholson is a graduate of the First Nations Studies program at the University of Northern British Columbia, and she teaches art and English at an alternate school in Prince George. She is also learning about traditional plant medicines from Leona Morin-Neilson. Caitlin’s first picture book, Niwechihaw / I Help, has been highly acclaimed. She lives with her family in Prince George.

      Leona Morin-Neilson teaches Cree at the “Power of Friendship” Aboriginial Headstart program in Prince George, British Columbia, and at the University of Northern British Columbia. She also teaches people in her community about traditional plants and how they can be used for medicinal purposes.

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      Awards
      Kirkus Best Picture Books 2017, Commended
      Reviews

      Praise for Niwechihaw / I Help by Caitlin Dale Nicholson with Leona Morin-Neilson:

      "A quiet, gentle picture book about a contemporary First Nations family and their ties to one another, their heritage, and their homeland." — Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

      “…a quiet narrative…broad brush strokes and blurred colours conveying light and atmosphere as much as personality…the simple verbs in present tense provide a wealth of clues about the workings of the Cree language.” — Toronto Star

      “…acrylic-on-canvas paintings give a dream-like feel to the story, making it almost a nostalgic look at childhood…Recommended.” — CM Magazine

      “Textured acrylic paintings, done in rich earth tones…portray the sanctity of the natural environment…a sensitive, respectful portrayal of contemporary Native Americans.” — School Library Journal

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