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Maxine Trottier

Maxine Trottier is a prolific writer of books for young people. Born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan on May 3, 1950, she moved to Windsor, Ontario in Canada with her family ten years later. In 1974 she became a Canadian citizen. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.

Maxine spent 31 years working as an educator in elementary classrooms, guiding children toward literacy. The students in her class, who of course thought of her only as their teacher, saw each step in the creation of a new work. They heard the unillustrated story, saw the roughs, and were the first to view the finished book.

Maxine lives with her husband William and their Yorkies Moon, at Newman's Cove, Newfoundland. Her studio overlooks the Atlantic Ocean; it is a wonderful place to write.

Canadian Heroes
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg; Ojibway;
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6; 7;

Read fascinating biographies of five heroic Canadians who have confronted danger or adversity in brave, resourceful and admirable ways. Included are Madeleine de Verchères, the young defender of the family fort in New France; Dr. Norman Bethune, the innovative surgeon of war-torn Spain and China; Sergeant Tommy Prince, whose daring exploits made him the most decorated Native Canadian soldier; Terry Fox and his inspirational Marathon of Hope for cancer research; and Roberta Bondar, the first female Canadian explorer of space.

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 9-12.

This book is listed as containing Ojibway text content, as one of the five heroes in it is Tommy Prince, one of Canada's most decorated First Nations soldiers.

Additional Information
48 pages | 5.95" x 8.97"

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$5.99

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Loon Rock: Pkwimu Wkuntem
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Mi'kmaq;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4;

The story of a loon and a young Mi'kmaq boy written in English and Mi'kmaq.

Additional Information
22 pages | 8.00" x 8.00" | Mi’kmaq translations by Helen Sylliboy 

Authenticity Note
The author of this story is not Indigenous; however, the Mi'kmaq translator is.  The illustrator is also Indigenous. 

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$9.95

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Storm at Batoche
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; M├ętis;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

During a fierce prairie storm, James falls out of his family’s wagon and his calls for help are lost in the howl of the wind. After his parents vanish into the blizzard, a man on horseback appears and takes James to the safety and warmth of his small cabin. The man will only say that his name is Louis. While he prepares an evening meal of gallette, Louis promises to teach James how to make it in the morning. When he does, James declares his mother makes the same type of bread but she calls it “bannock,” not “gallette,” underscoring the differences and similarities between their cultures.

This imaginary encounter between Louis Riel and a young boy brings to light how insignificant the differences between people are and the tragic consequences of not remembering how much we all share. The historical context for the story is found in the Afterword. On the last page of the book there is an easy recipe for gallette/bannock.

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The Voyage of Wood Duck: Ta'n Teli Kaqasimiliala'sis Malsikws
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Mi'kmaq;
Grade Levels: 2; 3; 4;

Some people say that dreams are foolish. Some people say that you can search your whole life long and never find what it is you are looking for. But long ago when dreams were more real than they are today; there was a young boy who lived by the sea. He was called Wood Duck. His people had always lived beside the ocean. Its salty water flavoured their days. Its currents flowed through their nights. The power of the sea ran very strongly in Wood Duck. In his dreams, fish swam and sea birds flew.

Illustrated by Patsy MacAulay-MacKinnon
Mi’kmaq translations by Helen Sylliboy.

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$10.76

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