If You're Not From the Prairie is the perfect picture book for those who grew up in the Canadian Prairies or wish they did. Combing simple poetic verse with the nostalgic paintings by Henry Ripplinger, Métis author David Bouchard's 1994 volume is valuable for teachers looking for examples of poetry, mentor texts, or adults who will appreciate the attractive images of the carefree Prairies boy who becomes the work worn farmer.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher. The Song Within My Heart is centred on Cree artist Allen Sapp's evocative paintings of his boyhood in Saskatchewan together with David Bouchard's lyrical text. In combination the text and images reinforce the love between a grandmother and her grandson as they prepare to attend a powwow. Based on the recollections of Allen Sapp's childhood with his Nokum (grandmother), the paintings capture the everyday preparations of this Plains Cree family. The boy recalls his first powwow and asks his Nokum what the singers are saying.
The Elders Are Watching, 5th edition, reflects collaboration between poet David Bouchard and artist Roy Henry Vickers. First released in 1990, this combination of poetic art explores the theme of First Nations and their relationship to the environment. Twenty-five evocative, colour images drawn by Vickers are combined with four-line verses written by Bouchard. Together the Tsimshian artist and the British Columbian teacher gently focus the reader's attention to the importance of the environment and the teachings of the elders.
We Are All Related: A Celebration of Our Cultural Heritage celebrates the multicultural heritage of twenty-eight students from the G. T. Cummingham Elementary School in Vancouver, British Columbia. Inspired by First Nation's artist George Littlechild, as well as Chief Leonard George, and First Nations educators, the students created photo collages that represent their understanding of cultural symbols and their personal heritage. The students ranging in age from eight to twelve undertook this multigenerational visual art project over an eight-month period.