Two Roads is a historical fiction novel set in America in 1932 and narrated by 12-year old youth Cal Blackbird who is travelling across the countryside with his father. The pair calls themselves knights of the road, hobos following an ethical code, who ride the rails searching for their next meal, odd jobs, and a safe place to sleep. Renowned Abenaki author and storyteller Joseph Bruchac has crafted a remarkable tale about a father and son who are searching for a new home after the loss of Cal’s mother and their beloved family farm.
The Pencil is a unique original story based on the childhood experiences of Inuk author Susan Avingaq. Told in 36-page picture book format with engaging colour illustrations by Charlene Chua, this story will appeal to primary level students from all regions of Canada. In the story three Inuit children are at home in their iglu with their father while their midwife mother is away assisting at a birth in their community. The main character Susan retells how as a child she and her siblings would watch their mom write letters to friends and family with a special tool, a tiny pencil.
I Am Eating is a dual language reader from Arvaaq Books, an imprint of Inhabit Education designed to interest young children. The titles from this published are relevant to children in the Canadian Arctic. All books feature colourful and engaging illustrations or photographs and are available in English and Inuktitut syllabics. Illustrated by Lenny Lishchenko, this 12-page book asks readers about the foods they enjoy eating.
The Girl and the Wolf is a recent release from Theytus Books. In this children’s 2019 picture book a young girl is out in the woods picking berries. But the girl has forgotten mother’s instruction about going off by herself and soon the girl is lost. Suddenly a grey wolf appears and the girl is afraid. But this wolf is different from the European approach to wolves in fairy tales. This large wolf is kind and helpful as he assists the frightened child calm herself and draw upon her knowledge of the woods. The girl successfully finds her way home and recounts her encounter with the wolf.
Bear for Breakfast, Makwa kidji kijebà wìsiniyàn is the recent Robert Munsch picture book about a young boy who wants to have a unique breakfast. Instead of having a bowl of cereal or some delicious pancakes Donovan tells his mother he wants to eat bear for breakfast. Donovan’s grandfather explained that as a child he often ate bear for his breakfast. Mother explains that she had just shopped for groceries but if Donovan hurried he might find some bear meat for his morning meal. Donovan immediately sets out to locate bear. He meets locates several animals but there are no bears.
Zoe and the Fawn is a delightful 32-page children's picture book. The simple story revolves around a girl named Zoe and her father as they go outside to feed and water their horses and see a tiny fawn off in the distance. With the simple questions asked by Zoe about the location of the fawn's mother and father's gentle responses, the reader is taken on a magical adventure of the woods where there are birds and animals.
Kamik rejoint la meute is the French language edition of Kamik Joins the Pack. Kamik rejoint la meute continues the story of Jake and his puppy Kamik following the books Kamik: An Inuit Puppy Story and Kamik's First Sled. Jake and his puppy learn from their elders everything they need to know to some day be part of a winning sled dog team. Jake can't wait for this uncle to meet Kamik, and to see what an obedient puppy he is becoming.
Notre premiere chasse au caribou is the French language edition of Inhabit Media's Our First Caribou Hunt. Notre premiere chasse au caribou is a sweet and simple introduction to Inuit hunting practices and the proper treatment of game. Nutaraq and Simonie are eager to go on their first hunting trip with their father. As they load up their snow machine and sled for the trip, Nutaraq hopes that she will be able to catch her first caribou that weekend, with some help from her dad.
Awasis and the World-Famous Bannock is a charming picture book by the Swan River First Nation author Dallas Hunt. Added to the mix of this fun text are the colourful illustrations from Metis media artist and filmmaker Amanda Strong. The Cree author mixes key Cree vocabulary within this story about a young girl who is delivering her Kohkum’s (grandmother’s” bannock to a relative. But on her way Awasis allows the bread to fall into a stream. What should the little girl do? With the help of her animal friends the girl collects all the ingredients for making bannock.