Lecons de la Mere-Terre is the French language translation of Lessons From Mother Earth, a delightful picture book by first-time author Elaine McLeod. In this story, a young girl goes out to the garden with her grandmother. The child has never visited the garden and the two leave the warmth of a log cabin and begin a long walk outdoors. As they walk, grandmother tells the child about nature and the proper way to pick berries and gather wild plants. They take just enough berries to eat and are careful not to trample the delicate plants.
Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids is the new release from award-winning author Deborah Ellis. Much more than interviews with 45 First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Native American youth between the ages of 9 to 18, Looks Like Daylight offers readers a first-hand account of their cultural beliefs, values, and aspirations for the future. Despite issues of poverty, the legacy of residential and boarding school, and drug and alcohol abuse, these voices combine to create a compelling collection of Indigenous youth voices.
Tecumseh is a 2012 release from Groundwood Books written by James Laxer. This is an illustrated biography of Tecumseh, the Shawnee leader, discussing his efforts to form a confederacy of First Nations to oppose the encroaching colonists, his leadership, and his role in the War of 1812, in which he sided with the British against the United States and developed a friendship with Major General Isaac Brock. The 62-page book offers a brief discussion of Tecumseh's childhood and the importance of his name. As a youth he undertakes a vision quest and participates in hunts.
Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall by Ojibwe artist Leo Yerxa is a celebration of the seasonal change from fall to winter. Through prose poetry and collage images, Yerxa weaves an engaging account of a Nishnawbe (Ojibwe) parent and child who travel in the woods during autumn. They begin by paddling a canoe to an island where they walk through different types of terrain. As evening approaches the pair set up camp and they settle in for the night. Using their upturned canoe for shelter the two fall asleep hearing the wind howl.
Ancient Thunder by Ojibwe author and illustrator Leo Yerxa is the 2006 winner of the Governor General's Award for Illustration. Yerxa draws on his appreciation and delight for the wild horses of the Plains as inspiration for the book. In this unique tribute, Yerxa works with hand-made watercolour paper that has the appearance of leather. His technique, developed through patient experimentation, gives the magnificent images of galloping horses the sense that their thundering hooves are like a force of nature.
Grandpa's Girls by Interior Salish children's author Nicola Campbell offers a delightful picture book about a young girl and her cousins who enjoy their visits to their grandfather's working farm. The book captures the unbridled joy and excitement of visiting one's relatives, exploring a hay loft, feeding crabapples to the horse, examining jars of preserves in the root cellar, and endlessly running and playing. Based on her childhood experiences, the storyteller reminds us that the best time of all is just being with one's grandparent.
My Little Round House is a charming picture book about baby Jilu who recounts his first year of life in a Mongolian community. He remembers being cradled by his singing mother, the delicious smells from the cooking pot, his first meeting with his grandparents, and the family's exciting life with a camel caravan. They celebrate Tsagaan Sar, the new year, and later revel in the warmth and freedom of summer.
Alego is a beautifully illustrated children's picture book written and illustrated by Inuk artist Ningeokuluk Teevee. The bilingual book is written in Inuktitut syllabics and English and is translated by Nine Manning-Toonoo. The gentle story recounts the experiences of a young child as she and her grandmother go for a walk along the shore to gather clams for the family's supper. During the experience Alego finds many new and interesting animals and creatures that live the tide pools along the shore and grandmother teaches her the names of the creatures.
Good for Nothing is the English translation of the French young adult novel compilation, Journal d'un bon a rien, Le coeur sur la braise, and Hiver indien, by Quebec writer Michel Noel. First published in the French language edition in 1999 as three novels this English compilation was released in 2001. The English translation by Shelley Tanaka. The story revolves around the main character, an Algonquin/Metis fifteen-year-old youth from a reserve in Quebec. Raised by a foster mother in the local town, Nipishish has just been kicked out of residential school and returns home to the reserve.
Tuk and the Whale is a chapter book that tells the story of a first contact situation between an Inuit hunting camp on Baffin Island and European whalers during the early 1600s. Storyteller Raquel Rivera has written the account of the lost and helpless whalers meeting Inuit hunters through the perspective of a young Inuk boy, Tuk. Tuk's family is in their winter camp as he sees an odd boat of Qallunnaat or foreigners. The men from the boat are hungry and want to enlist the aid of the Inuit in finding and killing the Arvik, a large black whale.