A Big Mistake is a picture book by Richelle Lovegrove for Manitoba First Nation Education Resource Centre. With illustrations by Amber Green the book explores friendship, gifts and generosity. When Summer’s best friend compliments the necklace her kokum (grandmother) gave her, she remembers her Elder’s teaching and gives the necklace away. But when her kokum comes over for supper, Summer worries that she made a big mistake by giving away such a special gift. The girl began to worry about giving kokum's special necklace away to her friend.
A Bug in a Rug is the second picture book written and illustrated by Metis storyteller and illustrator Elaine Chaput Lariviere for Pemmican Publications. This 32-page children's with a quiet message about bullying and thinking about how we treat animals and insects. This bug in a rug is a spider discovered by a young child. Questions ask young readers what they would do if they encountered a spider. The young boy and his two cats could step on the spider or let it live and continue its life. Presents alternatives to bullying such as caring, empathy and kindness.
Stolen Words by author Melanie Florence and published by Second Story Press is a primary level picture book that explains language loss among First Nations residential school survivors and their descendants. Told through the eyes of a child and her grandfather, the book captures the close and caring relationship between generations as the girl learns about residential schools and language loss.
The Incredible Adventure of Mary Jane Mosquito: A Musical Cabaret is a one woman musical in one-act by renowned Cree playwright, performer, musician and poet Tomson Highway. This remarkable 70-page book is a treat for the eyes as well as an uplifting and positive story about a girl mosquito born without wings. Her disability is overwhelming but this young mosquito has a dream and she perseveres and lives to fulfill her dream to become a singer and entertainer beloved by audiences.
Kohkum`s Babushka: A Magical Metis-Ukrainian Tale is a unique modern oral tradition of a first encounter between a Metis family and an immigrant family. Unable to speak the other`s language the families share food and clothing. This imagined history takes readers to an ideal meeting that benefits both families. Caring, sharing, reciprocity and good feelings all around are symbolized in a colourful woman`s head scarf. Ideal for teachers looking for a first encounter resource. Suggested for junior-intermediate social studies.
No More Name is the follow-up novel in the PathFinders series from 7th Generation publishing. The story revolves around Bobby Byington as he deals with his father's alcoholism and anger. In this second story, Bobby is learning to trust and find ways of dealing with his father's issues. Bobby has found a way to return to the sport he enjoys--basketball. Unfortunately, new issues emerge as Bobby's girlfriend is bullied and resented by her less academic classmates. Bobby connects with a basketball team member who also encounters an alcoholic parent.
The School That Ate Children by Sara General draws on the author's Mohawk cultural traditions and history. Set in contemporary time two sisters, Maple and Eva, have experiences that have caused them extreme heartbreak. But when a kid at school bullies Eva, she takes drastic measures and signs a magical contract with a powerful witch who promises her a lifetime of freedom from pain. Little does she know, she will be giving up everything she loves, including her friends, family, and memories. Horrified by the witch's duplicity, Maple sets out on a mission to free her sister.
You Can't Make Me is a title in High Interest Publishing's (HIP) MainStream series of High Interest young adult novels. Written by Metis author Ashley Hayden, this easy to read novel features a Metis teenage boy who gets in trouble with the law while trying to impress his friends and ends up with a summer of tough love at his grandfather’s rural cabin. That summer, and a terrible encounter with a supernatural creature, changes his life. This story combines a contemporary coming-of-age story with the traditional scary Roogaroo, a wolf-like monster from Metis stories.