Un Saumon pour Simon is the French edition of A Salmon for Simon first published in English in 1978. Un Saumon pour Simon tells the story of a Native boy living along the Pacific Northwest Coast. His community depends upon the salmon, and Simon spends all summer trying out his new fishing pole trying to catch one of the magnificent fish. Along the coast the salmon return from the ocean trying to locate the rivers and streams where they were born. Now September has arrived and all summer long Simon failed to catch a single salmon. One day he and his sisters were out digging for clams.
Niwechihaw, I Help is a bilingual picture book that celebrates the role of a Cree grandmother (Kohkum) as she takes her grandson on a short trip to the bush to pick rosehips. Author Caitlin Dale Nicholson wrote and illustrated this gentle story with spare repetitive language about the child watching and following the lead of his teacher, Kohkum. As he follows his grandmother, the boy watches and learns the cultural practices necessary to properly gather the ingredients to make rosehip tea.
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.
Bone Dance, a novel by children's author Martha Brooks, is now in its fourth printing. The story is set in Manitoba and tells the interwoven story of two teens struggling with identity, self-esteem, and most of all loss. Written in third person, past tense the story line follows the parallel lives of two eighteen-year-olds. Alexander and Lonny have both lost a parent and are haunted by waking dreams. Lonny had disturbed a burial mound when he was twelve and that act, he believes, precipitated the death of his mother.
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.
Set in the present-day, three cousins set off with their Dogrib grandparents for a month-long summer vacation canoe trip along the Idaa Trail in the Northwest Territories. Told in a day-by-day story format the cousins visit the important sites along this trail that has been travelled by their ancestors for centuries. They come to appreciate their knowledgeable grandparents who teach them valuable lessons about living on the land, respect for the environment as well as providing an exciting canoe trip.
As Long as the Rivers Flow: A Last Summer Before Residential School is a poignant story for children about the joyous summer spent in northern Alberta in 1944. The story focuses on the daily routine of a ten-year-old Cree boy named Lawrence. His days are filled with family activities and personal adventures. At the beginning of summer Lawrence overhears the adults talking about how the children would have to attend a school far away and that this school was something like prison.
Shi-shi-etko by first-time author Nicola Campbell is a children's picture book about an Interior Salish child with just four more days at home until she goes to residential school. The young girl of this recent offering spends her final four days experiencing quality time with her mother, father and grandmother. Each adult allows the child to experience the environment around her. Mother takes her daughter to the creek where she sings a special song that belongs to the family. Shi-shi-etko wades in the water and takes in all the experiences the land and water offer.
The Red Sash is a picture book about the role of Aboriginal Peoples in the fur trade. The story is told from the point of view of a young Métis boy whose father is a voyageur and his mother is Ojibwe. Their wigwam is located in a village across the river from Fort William along the shore of Lake Superior. While the family maintains their Native lifestyle, father's role takes him far away to the Red River and beyond but soon the time for rendezvous arrives. This means that father will be returning to the family. All family members prepare for the feast in the Great Hall of Fort William.
Lessons From Mother Earth, a delightful picture book by first-time author Elaine McLeod about the importance of respecting the environment is now back in print. 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.