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Rhian Brynjolson

Rhian Brynjolson is a teacher, visual artist, and award-winning illustrator of children’s books. Rhian spent many years working in classrooms through an artist-in-the-schools program, and now teaches art and integrated curriculum in an inner-city high school in Winnipeg, Canada. Rhian has taught a variety of workshops to artists, teachers, and students. She also collaborated on developing a new arts curriculum for Manitoba schools. Her experiences have given her a unique perspective on using the creative process to guide student learning.

 

Goose Girl
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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"

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
$10.95

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