Amik Aime L'école, the French edition of Amik Loves School: A Story of Wisdom is one book in The Seven Teachings Stories series from Highwater Press. Amik is a young urban Ojibwe boy who actually enjoys learning new things at school. One day Amik tells his Moshoom how much he enjoys learning. But Moshoom has a different memory about school when he was a child. Grandfather attended residential school. There is sadness in Moshoom's face. With a gentle explanation, grandfather tells Amik about his experience. Amik has the answer when he invites his Moshoom to the classroom the next day.
After a long school year in Yellowknife, Akuluk would prefer to spend summer vacation in the south, but as soon as she heads out on the land with her grandfather, her visit to the Arctic becomes much more interesting! Akuluk is not excited about visiting her grandparents in Nunavut. She would rather head south for summer vacation, somewhere with roller coasters and cotton candy. There can't be much to do way up there, Akuluk figures. But as soon as she steps off the plane and sees all the exciting animals that the tundra has to offer, Akuluk forgets all about her dreams of going south.
Nimoshom and His Bus is a 24-page picture book written by Cree-Ojibwe author Penny Thomas with captivating pastel watercolour illustrations by Karen Hibbard for Highwater Books. In this gentle story young student readers meet a kind Elder Nimoshom (my grandfather) bus driver. He drives the yellow school bus for First Nations students. Every school day he greets the riders with the greeting, Tansi meaning hello. In fact the author introduces 13 Swampy Cree terms with meaning easily woven into the text. A glossary and pronunciation guide is provided at the end of the book.
Le Livre de La Galette is a 32-page children's picture book written and illustrated by Reading Recovery teacher Linda Ducharme. It is the French language edition translated from the English edition by Mona Buors. The author tells the story of a young girl as she assists her mother with making a healthy bannock for her grandfather, called Pepere. The family is Métis and the author introduces a few Michif terms. The procedure for making bannock is described in simple sentences. The granddaughter assists by measuring the whole wheat flour and other dry ingredients.
Being a Friend is a Level 6 reader in the Nunavummi Reading Series from Inhabit Education. This is a unique Nunavut-made levelled reading series that aligns the reading expectations of the Inuit language, English, and French. The reading series corresponds closely to the reading levels and expectations developed by the Department of Education in Nunavut.
Pipon means It is Winter and this 23-page book offers young readers an introduction to Cree language words and phrases. It is a dual language (Cree and English) resource written by Manitoba Cree language teacher Brenda Fontaine. Simple text is accompanied by colour photographs that assist learners from kindergarten to grade 2 who are taking Cree language lessons. Twenty phrases highlight winter activities, weather and winter sports. The book contains a glossary of phrases but does not offer pronunciation assistance.
It's Time for Bed is a universal parent-child nightly ritual in picture book format published by Inhabit Media. But in the Canadian Arctic there are far too many exciting things to do and see when a young girl is told it is time to prepare for bed. Siasi does not want to brush her teeth or put away her toys. She just wants to play with the Arctic animals. Siasi tells her mother she wants to dance with a polar bear, or howl with wolves or even swim with fish. And she does not want to go to bed. Mother remains patient and asks her reluctant daughter after every excuse, are you ready for bed?
Kamik et Son Premier Traineau is the French language edition of Inhabit Media's Kamik's First Sled. Kamik's First Sled is the follow-up title from Inhabit Media's Kamik: An Inuit Puppy. Jake's puppy Kamik is growing quickly, but the dog isn't becoming any easier to handle. All Jake wants is to raise his puppy to be a strong, fast sled dog, but Kamik is far from ready to pull a sled with a dog team. With some advice and a little help from his grandmother, Jake learns basic principles of how to begin training a dog to pull.