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Anansi & Groundwood Indigenous Catalogue

nipêhon / I Wait
By (author): Caitlin Dale Nicholson Translated by: Leona Morin-Neilson
Caitlin Dale Nicholson ,

Translated by :

Leona Morin-Neilson


Groundwood Books - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) K - 2, Grade (US) K - 2
Sep 01, 2017
$18.95 CAD


12.25in x 8.5 x 0.42 in | 1.06 lb

Page Count:

24 pages


Full color throughout
Groundwood Books Ltd
Groundwood Books
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island / General
Kirkus Best Picture Books 2017, Commended
  • Short Description
A quiet, gentle story about a family working together in the Cree tradition.

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
author’s note

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

With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

  • This is a companion volume to Niwechihaw / I Help, which is in its fifth printing. It also won the AGHE Book Award for Best Children’s Literature on Aging.
  • There is a universality to this story about having to wait for one another.
  • The very simple, short story, well supported by illustration, makes this an excellent book for children learning to read. The Cree and English text appear in different colours to help differentiate between the two.
  • The text in Cree and English contributes to the effort to keep indigenous languages alive.
  • Curriculum connections to Indigenous languages and Language arts / reading; Social studies / heritage and identities, people and environments.

CAITLIN DALE NICHOLSON is a graduate of the First Nations Studies program at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her family and Leona Morin-Neilson’s family have been close friends for many years, and Caitlin continues to learn about traditional plant medicines from Leona. Caitlin has written and illustrated the first two books in the Nôhkom series — niwîcihâw / I Help and nipêhon / I Wait. She is currently living with her family in Tahltan Territory in northern British Columbia. 

LEONA MORIN-NEILSON teaches Cree at the “Power of Friendship” Aboriginal Head Start 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. She lives in Prince George, British Columbia.

A quiet, gentle picture book about a contemporary First Nations family and their ties to one another, their heritage, and their homeland. - Kirkus Reviews

I Wait is a thoughtful story that captures important teachable moments in a child’s life, moments that impart knowledge, strengthen family bonds and build character. - Canadian Review of Materials

The acrylic illustrations are the work of Caitlin Dale Nicholson who ensures accuracy and reality while going beyond true likeness and sharing the feel of the people and the place. The patience and connection between the three generations is palpable, even as they work separately and seemingly silently. - CanLit for Little Canadians

Warm acrylic illustrations express the sense of peace and pleasure of time spent together conveyed by the text, which is punctuated with playful humor. - International Literacy Association

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