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Sheldon Dawson

After a 25 year career in the advertising industry, Sheldon has devoted the last fourteen years to the publishing world where he specializes in illustrating children’s books and educational material. Sheldon has been nominated three times for the Best Illustrated Book Of The Year Award in Manitoba and four of the books he has illustrated have been nominated for the McNally Robinson Book For Young People Award.

Sheldon has worked with the Louis Riel Institute on the “Illustrated Metis History Series” of textbooks for Manitoba schools. Through his work for Pemmican Publications, Sheldon has been involved in the effort to preserve the Michif language by illustrating a series of picture books for children that celebrates the Métis language and heritage. In the northern schools projects created for Native Reflections, Sheldon’s culturally sensitive illustrations help teach positive, healthy and traditional lifestyles and provide First Nations students with classroom materials that honour their own identity and culture.

In the fine art realm, Sheldon’s acrylic and mixed media paintings depict the rich inner landscape of a seeker. The scenery is not always pleasant — sometimes dark, mysterious or jarring — at other times hopeful and illuminating.  His paintings have been exhibited in several galleries in Winnipeg and Calgary including the Winnipeg Art Gallery where he has participated in both the Grand Jury 6 and Grand Jury 7 exhibitions.  Two of his works have been purchased for the collection of the University of Winnipeg.

Sheldon is a member of the Manitoba Society of Artists and CARFAC.

Li Minoush (Thomas and his Cat)
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;
Grade Levels: 1; 2;

When Thomas feels left out because all his friends have pets, he asks his mother for a cat. She agrees, and when she calls it Minoush she introduces her son to the Michif language.

Reviews
"Li Minoush, written by Manitoba author Bonnie Murray, is the first book in the "Michif Children's Series" which promotes Metis literature and culture. It is also the first book to be published in English with a Michif translation. The story concerns a young boy named Thomas who wishes for his own pet after hearing his two friends discuss their pets. Thomas asks his mother for a cat and promises to take care of it. His mother agrees to the idea, and, together, they select a kitten and name it Minoush, which means cat in Michif, the Metis language. Thomas' mother explains how unique their language is (a blend of French and Cree) and that it is in danger of becoming extinct. Through the cat's unusual name, Thomas is able to educate his friends about the existence of the Michif language. Li Minoush is culturally significant as Michif is an oral language not often seen in written form. As a reader, it is interesting to see the English and Michif wording side by side and to search for any similar words." - CM Magazine

Educator & Series Information
This book is part of the Michif Children's Series. It is delivered in a dual-language format of English and Michif.

Additional Information
32 pages | 8.00" x 10.00"

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
$10.95

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Santa's Helper
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;

In this delightful Christmas story young Sarah learns a valuable lesson about the importance of giving and sharing, and helping others.

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Authentic Indigenous Text
$10.95

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