Allison Mitcham

Allison Mitcham taught English for many years at the Université de Moncton and has published widely in history, geography, and literature. She is the author of a number of popular books, including Taku: The Heart of North America’s Last Great Wilderness, which was awarded the BC Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing and a prize from the British Columbia Historical Federation. More recently, she has published various English translations of French children’s books, a book of short stories, and three novels. She lives in Sackville, New Brunswick.

A Little Boy Catches a Whale
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Mi’kmaw;

One late fall day, the boy told the old people that he was going fishing. When he returned home, he said that he had caught a whale.

Un matin, juste avant l’arrivée de l’hiver, le garçon dit à ses parents qu’il part à la pêche. Peu de temps après, il revient chez lui, tout heureux d’annoncer qu’il a pêché une baleine.

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This book is delivered in a triple-language format of English, French, and Mi'kmaq.

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Glooscap, the Beavers and the Sugarloaf Mountain
Artists:
Réjean Roy
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Mi’kmaw;

After creating the Mi’kmaqs, the great Glooscap was certain that he had established harmony on earth. But a problem remained: the beavers had built a huge dam across the Restigouche River, preventing the salmon from swimming upriver as far as the camp of the Mi’kmaqs who had come to fish there. Young Mi’kmaq men were convinced they could remedy the situation. However, completely failing to put things right, they asked the loon to call Glooscap to help them. Will the beavers once more outmaneuver Master Glooscap?

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Delivered in a triple-language format of English, French, and Mi'kmaw.

Roy has written his version of a Mi’kmaq legend in this story, mentioning special places such as Sugarloaf Mountain.

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22 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"
French Text: Rejean Roy
English Text: Allison Mitcham
Kisi-Mi'kmaw wi'kek Text: Serena M. Sock
Illustrations: Rejean Roy

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How the Petitcodiac River Became Muddy
Artists:
Raymond Martin
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Mi’kmaw;

How the Petitcodiac River Became Muddy is a trilingual picture book that retells a Mi'kmaq legend.

This simple story details the Mi'kmaq explanation for an eclipse, why the lobster turns red when it is put in boiling water, and how the Petitcodiac River became muddy long ago. This legend draws on the original version by Michael Francis (1923-1995) of Elsipogtog, New Brunswick. Glooscap figures prominently in this remarkable story that is recommended for language programs.

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The French title is Comment la riviÞre Petitcodiac devint boueuse. The Mi'kmaq title is Ta'n Tel-kisi-siskuapua'qsepp Petikotiak Sipu. Allison Mitcham tells the English version. Serena Sock provides the Mi'kmaq translation, and Marguerite Maillet provides the French translation. The dynamic art illustrations are created by Raymond Martin.

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22 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

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The Mighty Glooscap Transforms Animals and Landscape
Artists:
Réjean Roy
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Mi’kmaw;

The Mighty Glooscap Transforms Animals and Landscape is a trilingual picture book that retells a Mi'kmaq legend.

Long ago, Glooscap travelled throughout the land after he created the Mi’kmaq people. Along the way Glooscap encountered giant polar bears, large squirrels, and dangerous moose. He questioned their intentions toward the people and decided that in order to maintain harmony and balance in the world he must change the habitat and size of these animals. The beaver eluded Glooscap for a time but in the end Glooscap changed the beaver too. In his efforts to create a harmonious world Glooscap created the landscape and special places such as the Reversing Falls, Partridge Island, and Grand Falls. Today the Mi’kmaq acknowledge and give thanks to Glooscap for taking care of them and for these special sites in New Brunswick.

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Delivered in a triple-language format of English, Mi'kmaq, and French.

The French section is Le maître Glooscap transforme animaux et paysage and is translated by Rejean Roy. The Mi’kmaq section is Mawiknat Klu’skap Sa’se’wo’laji Wi’sisk aqq Sa’se’wa’toq Maqamikew and is translated by Serena Sock. The English section is written by Allison Mitcham. The illustrated story explains how the geography of New Brunswick came to be. It also explains why the animals appear in their current shape and size. 

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24 pages

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