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Barbara Marchand

Barbara Marchand is a published author, editor, and an illustrator of children's books and young adult books. Some of the published credits of Barbara Marchand include Kou-Skelowh/We are the People: A Trilogy of Okanagan Legends New Bilingual Edition, We are the People: A Trilogy of Okanagan Legends, Kou-Skelowh/We Are the People: How Food Was Given, How Names Were Given & How Tu (Trilogy of Okanagan Legends), and Neekna and Chemai.

Kou-Skelowh - We Are The People: A Trilogy of Okanagan Legends
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

This beautifully illustrated edition is a collection of original Okanagan legends with time-honoured lessons for children - the values of sharing, respect and reverence for life in all forms. Told in a strong rhythmic style, this new edition now includes the text in both languages: English and Okanagan.


  • B.C. Millennium Book Awards
  • 2000 Winner of the B.C. Millennium Book Awards

"How Turtle Set the Animals Free is a surprising tortoise-and-hare legend with far-flung consequences. How Food Was Given describes the care and sacrifice of the four Chiefs of plant and animal life devoted to the new people who will soon come to Earth...Barb Marchand's vital, expressive watercolours bring the creatures alive. Her adroit portrayal of self-important Coyote in the telling but hilarious How Names Were Given adds to his personality. The touching humanity of this story is the stuff of great legends. And, Marchand's illustrations echo the compassionate but musical voice that tells this story." - Elizabeth MacCallum, Children's Book Reviewer, Globe & Mail.

Additional Information
88 pages | 8.00" x 10.00"

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork

Neekna and Chemai
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 3; 4;

A story about two girls living in the Okanagan Valley before the arrival of the white man. An insight into customs and ways of the past.

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork


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