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Jay Odjick

Jay Odjick is an artist and writer from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Algonquin community, just outside of Maniwaki, Quebec. He has created comic books and produced the animated TV series Kagagi:The Raven, which airs in Canada, the US and Australia. He also has illustrated children's books.

Kagagi
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg;
Grade Levels: 10; 11; 12;

La bande dessinée Kagagi: The Raven (Arcana Comics, 2011), écrite et illustrée par l’artiste anishinabe Jay Odjick, est enfin traduite en français par Catherine Ego.La traduction de cette bande dessinée était attendue, surtout à la suite de son adaptation télévisuelle en dessins animés pour le réseau de télévision autochtone APTN, en 2014. Matthew Carver, jeune Autochtone de seize ans, mène une vie plus que normale : le secondaire, les questions existentielles de l’adolescence et les histoires de cœur. Sa vie bascule le jour où il apprend qu’il a hérité d’anciens pouvoirs et qu’il doit empêcher le Windigo de détruire la planète. Matthew n’a d’autre choix que de suivre sa destinée et de devenir Kagagi.L’univers bien connu des super-héros est ici revisité, permettant aux jeunes issus des Premières Nations de se reconnaître dans ce personnage qui partage, en quelque sorte, leur réalité, leurs mythes. Odjick remet en scène la légende du Windigo, laquelle voulait qu’un homme se transformait en être surnaturel et malveillant après avoir consommé de la chair humaine.

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Graphic Novel / Comic Book 

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The Dreamer's Legacy
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: 9; 10; 11; 12;

Tasimu is a boy with the strange and perilous ability to call down the powers of the Northern Lights. Fearing rejection from family and friends, he struggles in secret to harness his gift as he searches for answers about his mysterious parentage.

When the Empire’s soldiers force his people from their arctic homeland, Tasimu’s quest and the fate of his people intersect. Will the young seeker unlock the secrets of his power and his past before his tribe is destroyed?

One man holds the key – but there is a price to be paid…

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The Dreamer's Legacy is truly an interesting book. It takes a familiar story of the colonization of Indigenous people, and gives it a new and exotic twist. Celu Amberstone has fashioned a truly original take on aboriginal storytelling - it teaches, entertains, and mystifies. - Drew Hayden Taylor

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Bear for Breakfast
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg; Ojibway;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Donovan is hungry for a special kind of breakfast . . . BEAR!

It’s breakfast time and Donovan knows exactly what he wants this morning! Not eggs, not pancakes, not cereal. No, what he wants is BEAR, just like his grandfather used to eat for breakfast!  

So Donovan sets off to bag a bear of his own, going on an adventurous hunt through the woods, where he stalks and is stalked by an ant, a squirrel, and a dog — but they are not bears, so he shoos them away!

When Donovan finally meets a real, big and growling bear, he quickly learns that sometimes breakfast tastes best when it doesn’t have any teeth!

This story was inspired by Donovan, a first-grader in La Loche, Saskatchewan, a Chippewan community in northern Saskatchewan that Robert Munsch visited in January, 1990. When Robert asked what the kids liked to eat, Donovan said that he liked to eat BEAR!

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32 pages

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Bear for Breakfast / Makwa kidji kijeba wisiniyan
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Donovan is hungry for a special kind of breakfast . . . Makwa!

It’s breakfast time and Donovan knows exactly what he wants this morning! Not eggs, not pancakes, not cereal. No, what he wants is BEAR, just like his grandfather used to eat for breakfast!

So Donovan sets off to bag a bear of his own, going on an adventurous hunt through the woods, where he stalks and is stalked by an ant, a squirrel, and a dog — but they are not bears, so he shoos them away!

When Donovan finally meets a real, big and growling bear, he quickly learns that sometimes breakfast tastes best when it doesn’t have any teeth!

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This dual-language edition includes both the original English text and an Algonquin translation.

This story was inspired by Donovan, a first-grader in in La Loche, a community in northern Saskatchewan that Robert Munsch visited in January, 1990. When Robert asked what the kids liked to eat, Donovan said that he liked to eat BEAR! Illustrator Jay Odjick is a member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation and the creator of the Algonquin Word of the Day series.

Also available in French and English.

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32 pages | 8.00" x 10.00"

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Blackflies
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Helen loves springtime - except for the gazillions of blackflies and mosquitoes. But she has a plan. . .

One day Helen wakes up and it's SPRING! The snow has melted and the sun is shining. But Helen knows that the blackflies will be coming out soon. So she does what any smart kid would do: she sends her little sister outdoors to check! When the blackflies and mosquitoes carry her away, Helen tells her dad, who rushes outside and is carried away himself. Now Helen needs to rescue BOTH of them, along with a wolf and a very clever bear. . .

Reviews
Munsch "uses a narrative shared with him by a First Nations family he met in Fort McMurray in 1996, and utilizes illustrations by First Nations artist Jay Odjick to help tell the story." - Andrea Smith, Windspeaker.com

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Robert Munsch met Helen in Fort McMurray, where there are a lot of blackflies in the spring! Jay Odjick, an Algonquin artist, drew from his childhood experiences in illustrating this book: as a kid, he spent many hours indoors learning to draw as he hid from the blackflies and mosquitoes! Jay incorporated some First Nations decor and visuals to Helen's house and in his illustrations of her dad. Also fuzzy moose slippers, which he would love to own a pair of!

Recommended Ages: 3-8

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32 pages | 8.01" x 9.95"

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Emma's Gift
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6;

Emma wants to participate in her community’s annual ‘King’s Day’ celebration that is held every year on January 6th. She loves to see the gifts that are given and hear the stories people tell when they visit. Her mother, however, feels that Emma is too young.

When Emma’s grandmother hurts herself, Emma reluctantly agrees to help. In helping her grandmother prepare and serve her King’s Day meal, Emma discovers the meaning behind this special day. ‘King’s Day’ is about celebrating Christ’s birth and the Three Wise Kings who visited the baby Jesus bearing gifts on this holy day. Emma learns that ‘King’s Day’ is not only about exchanging gifts, it’s also about helping family and friends by giving one's time.

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"Deborah Delaronde uses her unique gift for writing and the insights of her Métis heart to gift us with this story of Emma. It is a heart-warming story that uncovers bit by bit how Emma realizes and integrates the meaning of King Day's into her young life. This book gives a wonderful insight into our Métis culture." - Joe McLellan, author of The Nanabosho Series

"Careful, spare sentences, paired with smartly detailed, almost cinematic drawings, gentle us through Emma's experience of the Kings' Day, the Métis traditional celebration of The Epiphany. The young woman's growing understanding --her own epiphany-- of the customs of give and take between the adults of her family and community, and her own gifting, make this a lovely story about a sweet step in a girl's growing up." - Daniel David Moses, author of A Small Essay on the Largeness of Light and Other Poems

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30 pages | 5.00" x 7.80"

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$16.00

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Un ours pour dejeuner!
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg; Ojibway;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Autrefois, le grand-père d'Antoine mangeait de l'ours pour déjeuner… mais puisqu'il n'y en a pas dans le réfrigérateur, Antoine décide d'en attraper un lui-même!

Dans cette aventure étonnante, le jeune Antoine aperçoit tour à tour une fourmi, un écureuil et un chien, mais comme il ne s'agit pas d'ours, il les repousse chaque fois. Quand il tombe sur un énorme ours qui gronde en sa direction, Antoine court se réfugier chez lui, mais la bête le suit jusque dans la cuisine!

C'est finalement son grand-père qui fera fuir l'animal en le frappant sur la tête avec une poêle à frire. BOÏNG! La famille peut alors savourer un succulent déjeuner qui n'a pas de dents : de la pizza!

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This book is available in English as Bear for Breakfast.

Recommended ages: 3-8.

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32 pages

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Vilains maringouins!
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Le printemps est une saison merveilleuse, si ce n'est l'arrivée de milliards de mouches noires et de maringouins. Mais Hélène a une solution.

One day Helen wakes up and it's SPRING! The snow has melted and the sun is shining. But Helen knows that the blackflies will be coming out soon. So she does what any smart kid would do: she sends her little sister outdoors to check! When the blackflies and mosquitoes carry her away, Helen tells her dad, who rushes outside and is carried away himself. Now Helen needs to rescue BOTH of them, along with a wolf and a very clever bear...

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The English title of this book is Blackflies.

Recommended Ages: 3-8.

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32 pages | 8.02" x 9.98"

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$8.99

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