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Joe McLellan

Joe McLellan was born in California in 1945, has lived in Oregon and North Dakota and currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is of Metis writer and storyteller. Joe has taught every grade from Grade One to University. He believes that traditional oral stories are strong sources of learning and incorporates them into his teaching. He uses his storytelling skills to revive the legends of the Ojibwa teacher and trickster Nanabosho in a series of children's books.

Goose Girl
Artists:
Rhian Brynjolson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;
Grade Levels: 3; 4;

Many years ago, by a lake in Northern Canada, a young girl named Marie found a wordless understanding with a special goose that would change her life. Goose Girl is a gentle and moving story of love, faith and letting go.

Reviews
"The almost poetic text is written with a style consistent with an oral narrative. Together with Rhian Brynjolson's beautiful illustrations, the text enables one to liberate the imagination, freeing it to roam and explore the possibilities suggested by Goose Girl.

In Goose Girl, a young Métis girl, Marie, loves to walk to the lake every evening to watch the Canada Geese. Marie develops a special bond with the geese. "They were her family. They were her friends. They were her babies," the McLellans write. Marie is taught that the geese carry the spirits of the departed to the land of promise. Recognising the special bond that Marie has with the geese, the Elders give Marie a new name, Niskaw. The new name enables Marie to share the teachings and the healings of the geese with Marie's people.

Readers will be interested to see that Cree words and phrases occasionally are incorporated into the narrative, but these words are then repeated in English. For those unfamiliar with the language, the narrative flow need not be interrupted to try to pronounce the Cree words, but the presence of those words adds to the interest and educational value of the story."  -CM Magazine

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 7-9.

Additional Information
32 pages | 9.00" x 8.00"

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$10.95

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