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Allen Sapp

Allen Sapp was an Officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Canadian Academy of Arts. A Cree elder, he was raised by his grandmother on the Red Pheasant reserve in Saskatchewan and now calls North Battleford home. The memory of this tender relationship spawned in Sapp some of his finest and most sensitive works, bringing to his canvas a sense of affection and love. 

Nokum : ma voix et mon coeur
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5;

Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Médaille de bronze 2007
Prix du meilleur livre jeunesse - Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival, Lauréat 2007

Nokum, ma voix et mon coeur est le récit poétique d’un jeune autochtone qui livre à sa grand-mère son questionnement sur le monde au-delà du contexte rassurant des siens et de sa communauté. Nokum accompagne son petit-fils dans sa quête par des questions l’invitant à reconnaître l’importance pour lui de découvrir le monde au-delà de la réserve et d’y participer. Comprend le livre en français et en cri accompagné de son enregistrement sur CD lu par le talentueux auteur/raconteur sur une trame sonore de chants et tambours du groupe albertain Northern Cree.

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couverture rigide sous jaquette

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Nokum is My Teacher (Hardcover)
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival Winner, Children''s Book of the Year 2007

Moonbeam Children''s Book Awards, 2007 Bronze Medalist
- Multicultural Picture Book Category

Alberta Children''s Book of the Year nominee 2007

Canadian Children''s Book Centre Our Choice, 2009

Will you walk with me, Grandmother?
Will you talk with me a while?
I'm finding life confusing
And I'm looking for some answers
To questions all around me
At that school and on the street.
You have always been here for me
Will you help me learn to see?

Nokum Is My Teacher is the poetic story of a young aboriginal boy, posing questions to his grandmother, his "Nokum", about the wider world beyond the familiarity of their home and community. Through a series of questions, Nokum guides her grandson towards an understanding of his need to fit into and learn more about this large world beyond the reserve. Nokum offers her grandson a vision of a world he can enter through imagination and reading, while retaining respect for the ways of his people. By the conclusion of the book, the young grandson has learned many new ideas from his grandmother and discovered his own wisdom in dealing with the changes in his life.

Nokum Is My Teacher is a delightfully packaged book and audio CD, combining the written text in English and Cree with the mesmerizing voice of author/storyteller extraordinaire David Bouchard. It is illustrated by the hauntingly beautiful artworks of Allan Sapp, Cree elder, Governor General''s Award-winner, and Officer of the Order of Canada. The singing and drumming are done by Alberta''s Northern Cree, who have been nominated for a Grammy Award (2007) in the ''Native American music album'' category.

Nokum Is My Teacher is also available in French/Cree text and audio as Nokum: Ma Voix et Mon Coeur.

This is the first of a series of aboriginal books David Bouchard is developing with Red Deer Press.

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Nokum Is My Teacher (Paperback)
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

Will you walk with me, Grandmother?
Will you talk with me a while?
I'm finding life confusing
And I'm looking for some answers
To questions all around me
At that school and on the street.
You have always been here for me
Will you help me learn to see?

Nokum Is My Teacher is the poetic story of a young aboriginal boy, posing questions to his grandmother, his "Nokum", about the wider world beyond the familiarity of their home and community. Through a series of questions, Nokum guides her grandson towards an understanding of his need to fit into and learn more about this large world beyond the reserve. Nokum offers her grandson a vision of a world he can enter through imagination and reading, while retaining respect for the ways of his people. By the conclusion of the book, the young grandson has learned many new ideas from his grandmother and discovered his own wisdom in dealing with the changes in his life.

Reviews
"With beautiful, thickly brushed paintings by an award-winning Cree artist, this bilingual picture book breaks with the formula of the wise elder teaching the contemporary kid to respect the old ways. Here, a boy asks Nokum (Grandma) why he has to leave the reservation to go to school and learn to read. . . The art, including close-ups and panoramic scenes of Cree life through seasons and generations, shows the heartfelt bond between the boy and his beloved mentor as well as the richness of Cree life, past and present."— Booklist

"Illustrated with Cree artist Allen Sapp's very fine paintings, which beautifully animate an old way of life. . . The dialogue between the grandson and his Nokum is an interestingly enigmatic one, in part because it is unclear whether the boy is summoning up the spirit of his departed Nokum. Does she exist in the flesh or is she a treasured memory? Nokum's responses to her grandson's questions are enigmatic as well; she offers not answers so much as more questions for him to consider."— The Globe and Mail

"Classroom Connections: There is lots of opportunity to use this book in several curriculum areas. Certainly, the text can introduce young and reluctant readers to the importance of books and the messages that can be learned through reading; but also, a teacher might want to use the exquisite pictures to teach concepts of Indigenous culture throughout history. The pictures in the book contrast the traditional and modern lifestyles of the Cree."— Canadian Teacher Magazine

Educator Information
Bilingual English and Cree Text.

Recommended for ages 8-12.

Additional Information
32 pages | 10.98" x 9.25" 

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The Song Within My Heart (Hardcover)
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);

Renowned Cree painter Allen Sapp's inspired and stunning artwork beautifully complements this sweet story of a young First Nations boy preparing for his first pow wow. The young boy's Nokum-his beloved grandmother-guides him through the exciting day and watches over him as events unfold. David Bouchard's rhythmic and informative text is based on remembrances from Allen Sapp's childhood.

Allen Sapp is a Cree painter who grew up on the Red Pheasant Reserve in the 1930s and now lives and works in nearby North Battleford, Saskatchewan. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and has held exhibitions across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. He has won many awards and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Three of his paintings were selected for UNICEF's 1996 Christmas card series.
David Bouchard is a sought-after speaker and writer who has written more than 20 illustrated books for children with total sales of 500,000 copies. They include the classics The Elders Are Watching and Qu'Appelle.

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The Song Within My Heart (Paperback)
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

Listen to the beating drum
It tells a hundred stories
Of our people, of our homeland
Some of birds and beasts and sweet grass.
Close your eyes and listen
You might come to hear a story
That no one hears but you alone
A story of your very own.

Renowned Cree painter Allen Sapp's inspired and stunning artwork beautifully complements this sweet story of a young First Nations boy preparing for his first pow-wow. The young boy's Nokum—his beloved grandmother—guides him through the exciting day and watches over him as events unfold. David Bouchard's rhythmic and informative text is based on remembrances from Allen Sapp's childhood.

Winner of the Governor General's Literacy Award, The Song Within My Heart is a beautifully crafted picture book that refects the wonders of life on a reserve, the importance of the pow-wow, and ultimately, the love between grandmother and grandson.

Reviews
"Sapp's illustrations, rendered in thickly textured oil paint, emphasize the bond and love that the boy feels for his grandmother. The sense of emotional connection to a powwow is portrayed through the spare, poetic text. . . A strong offering about powwows, familial love, and finding understanding from within."— School Library Journal

"A heartfelt intergenerational story about knowing and preserving heritage and love between elders and young ones. . . Bouchard's rhythmic text successfully conveys an emotive and sensory approach to the relationship between the two, enriching the story and echoing the hand-lettered onomatopoeic syllables that represent chanting and drumbeats. Sapp's profound paintings bring sincere and reassuring images that support and enhance the tale. A stunning picture book that celebrates life, family relations, and determination to preserve traditions and heritage."— Kirkus Starred Review

"Based on Cree painter Allen Sapp's childhood memories of life on a reserve in Saskatchewan, The Song Within My Heart tells of a young boy who is getting ready to go to a pow wow. Woven throughout the story is the boy's close relationship with his Nokum (grandmother). Bouchard's lyrical text, with its thoughtfully chosen words, evokes a quiet, introspective mood. Richly textured and infused with an almost radiant light quality, the illustrations reinforce strongly the simplicity of life on a reserve, the significance of the pow wow and, of course, the love between grandmother and grandson. Beautifully crafted. Highly Recommended." — CM Magazine

Educator Information
Recommended for ages 8-12

Bilingual: Cree/English

Additional Information
32 pages | 10.00" x 7.25"

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Authentic Indigenous Artwork
$16.95

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