Jim Poitras

Jim Poitras was born in 1952 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  He is of Cree, Lakota, and Metis ancestry, but he was raised in a non-Indigenous foster home and came to understand his background slowly.  He is a self-taught artist in a variety of forms including music, dancing, and oil painting.

Entre Dans la Grande Ronde
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5;

Comme un cœur qui bat, le tambour résonne dans la nuit invitant les danseurs à entrer dans la danse ronde. Il y a dans l'air une magie, une paix. À cette célébration nocturne sont conviés les esprits qui nous habitent et ceux qui nous entourent. Entrez dans la grande ronde et vous sentirez, vous aussi, leur présence.

De nouveau, cette fois-ci en collaboration avec le groupe Northern Cree, le peintre Jim Poitras, un Cri du nord, et de la poétesse crie Shelley Willier, David Bouchard, écrivain métis primé et auteur à succès, conjugue poésie, peinture et chant pour nous faire découvrir la beauté de la culture autochtone dans un album qui envoûtera, par sa sensibilité, autant les petits que les grands.

Educator Information
Includes a CD with French and Cree.

Recommended Ages: 8+

Additional Information
120 pages | 9.50" x 11.30"

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork
$24.95

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The Drum Calls Softly
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5;

Have you danced the round dance yet?
Of course you have - you're in my dream.
You've danced in circles next to me
You now know things aren't as they seem.
 

Beloved children's author David Bouchard has teamed up with emerging writer Shelly Willier to create a heart-warming tale in his newest book, The Drum Calls Softly. Discover the beauty of the traditional Round Dance through the lush descriptive verse of Bouchard and Willier that leads you through the cycles and seasons of life, the forming of new friendships and the understanding of values. 

Illustrations by internationally acclaimed painter Jim Poitras colorfully grace the pages, bringing the words alive through the intricate movements of the Round Dancers. 

And Northern Cree teams up once again with David Bouchard, providing the translation from English to Cree and the haunting drum music on a bound-in book CD. 

Awards 

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009 
  • Bologna Ragazzi Award Mention book, 2010

Reviews
"The joyful yet complex style of Jim Poitras is the vehicle for an enjoyable lesson in cultural anthropology. The clear contours of the foreground figures dialogue effortlessly with the landscapes in the background whose colourful, complex and material quality is rendered almost tangible. This novel illustration technique is particularly suited as a book for children since it highlights to great effect how man's customs, lifestyles and traditions take on significance only when seen against the backdrop of the skies, hills, rivers and natural world that gave rise to them." - Bologna Jury 

"Four full-page wordless spreads with mountains, teepee, and buffalo give readers a chance to pause and contemplate the words…. A good choice for libraries with strong Native culture collections."- School Library Journal

"As one listens and flips the pages, Poitras' colorful paintings convey the mood of the text. Silhouette figures, sometimes as dancers in the round dance, sometimes as hunters on the plains, are set against backgrounds depicted in bold colors with sweeping brushstrokes. There is even a scene of a round dance inside a gymnasium, which reminds us of the book's contemporary relevance; and several double-page vistas of the prairie landscape act in counterpoint to the pages containing text. The Drum Calls Softly is a truly interactive book and a unique experience for readers of all ages. It may call softly, but this drumbeat is compelling and definitely worth following."- PaperTigers.org

"Resounding with themes of community and the cyclical rhythms of life, this lyrical tale by Bouchard and debut author Willier pays tribute to the power of Cree traditions." Publishers Weekly

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 8+

Additional Information
120 pages | 9.50" x 11.30"

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork
$24.95

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