UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available Nanabosho and Porcupine is the most recently published titles in the Nanabosho series by Winnipeg children's authors, Joe McLellan and Matrine McLellan. The authors believe in the power of the oral tradition and storytelling. They take traditional stories about the Ojibwe trickster and teacher, Nanabosho, and weave a contemporary story that will appeal to all children. In this picture book, the story begins with Nokomis telling her granddaughter, Nonie, about how to bead using seed beads.
Offsides is a well-written novel that draws on the Iroquois heritage of a teenage soccer star who finds his cultural traditions trivialized and stereotyped by his new high school's sports team mascot. The Warriors, with its accompanying denigrating and war-like mascot, is a cherished part of the Southwind high school tradition. The soccer coach desperately wants this new Mohawk player who exhibits excellent skills. But Tom Gray sees this stereotyped mascot as an insult and wants the school to make a change. Tom refuses to play his beloved sport for the Southwind school.
OUT OF PRINT Smiler's Bones is a historical fiction novel that draws on the explorations of Robert Peary in 1897 and his actions that brought six Greenland Eskimos (Inuit) to New York City and put them on display at the American Museum of Natural History. The book focuses on the Minik, the son of Smiler (Qisuk) and his life in New York after the death of four members of their party including his father. The book uses flashbacks to tell Minik's story of his life as a young child in his home community and then his travels with Peary to New York City.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher I'm Heading to the Rodeo is a 24-page book developed by Bebop Books for young readers. It features a reading recovery level of 15, and a word count of 183. In this picture book, a Native American girl is daydreaming about participating in the local rodeo. The story begins with her waking up and getting ready for school. In her mind she is watching herself go to the rodeo and preparing for the barrel race. On the ride to school the girl and her mother encounter an open corral gate and find the colt and goat missing.
La Quête Spirituelle de Petit Ours is the French edition for Little Bear's Vision Quest. This is a lavishly illustrated picture book that teaches respect for others. The main character is Little Bear who lives along the Northwest Coast. Little Bear behaves selfishly and is inconsiderate to his friends. In an effort to teach Little Bear proper behavior and respect, his grandfather sends him away to an island. Little Bear is told to "look inside" and learn from his bad behavior. Finally, Little Bear learns how he hurt his friends' feelings and decides to change.
Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon, and Stars Began retells the traditional Pueblo story about the creation of the sun, moon and stars. This picture book account is told by Santa Ana Pueblo storyteller, Emmett Skheme Garcia. His people are known as the Tamayame who occupy the Rio Grande valley in New Mexico. This story is told about Coyote, the Trickster, and how he was responsible for the creation of the sun, moon and stars. Illustrated by Victoria Pringle the book will appeal to young readers with its crisp visual images of animals.
The Girl Who Married the Moon: Tales from Native North America is a collection of 16 legends gathered and retold by noted storytellers Joseph Bruchac and Gayle Ross. Bruchac is the well-known Abenaki storyteller. Ross is a Cherokee storyteller and author who is a descendant of John Ross, the principal Cherokee chief during the Trail of Tears. Together they combine their talents to create a lively celebration of the roles of Native women through traditional stories and legends.
Eyes, Ears, Nose and Mouth is a children's picture book developed by the Penticton Indian Band Health Department to teach young children about the choices they can make to live healthy. This book in the Caring for Me series discusses ways children can care for their ears, eyes, nose and mouth. In this story, a young boy is scared because there is something in his nose. Mother sees the lump in her child's nose and takes him to the doctor. The caring doctor takes a bead from the child's nose. She checks the boy's eyes, ears, and mouth shining a special light to see that they are healthy.
Healthy Choices, Healthy Lives is a children's picture book developed by the Penticton Indian Band Health Department to teach young children about the choices they can make to live healthy. David is a young boy who becomes afraid because his auntie is yelling. David talks to his mother and she gently provides an explanation for auntie's behavior. Auntie has been drinking and her poor choice to drink results in confusion and scary behavior. David asks his mother several questions about smoking and taking drugs. He learns that these are drugs that can hurt a person's body in many ways.