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Muskrat Will Be Swimming
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Native American;
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6;

This is a quiet tale of a Native American girl who, with gentle guidance from her grandfather, learns to find strength, not fear, in her identity as a Native person living in an Anglo society. Beautifully illustrated and complete with a Seneca creation story, Muskrat Will Be Swimming demonstrates how the ancient stories of Native American cultures are used to help today's children find their way in the world. It is a treasure for all who have ever dealt with the fear of being different.

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Recommended Grades: 3-6.

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32 pages | 9.00" x 10.00"

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Turtle's Race With Beaver
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Turtle's Race with Beaver: A Traditional Seneca Story is a children's picture book by Abenaki father and son team, Joseph and James Bruchac. The storytellers explain that they have heard several variations of this tale and note that Aesop's version of the Tortoise and the Hare is an example. In this retelling the writers explain that this is a Seneca version taken from Arthur C. Parker's collection of Seneca legends. In this story, turtle lived in a pond that had everything she needed. As winter approached she prepared for winter as all turtles prepared. She buried herself in the bottom of the pond. When spring arrived Turtle swam and swam and finally she reached the surface. But something had changed. There was more water and no rocks for sunning and there was someone else in the pond. Turtle saw a Beaver in the pond and asked the Beaver what it was doing. The Beaver replied that this was his pond and asked the Turtle what she was doing. Turtle said there was enough room for both animals but Beaver challenged Turtle to a race and the loser would have to leave the pond. Turtle knew she was slower and couldn't defeat Beaver but she agreed. During the race Turtle used her wits and caught a ride by hanging on to Beaver's tail. At the finish line Turtle managed the win and an embarrassed Beaver left the pond. Turtle enjoyed her pond again and Beaver managed to find another pond close by. But there was another Turtle living in it but by then Beaver had learned the value of sharing. The colourful illustrations capture the spirit of the story and make this a great story for learning lessons about humility and sharing. A great read-aloud story for children from preschool to grade three. Guided Reading Level: J

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Walking Two Worlds
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 7; 8; 9; 10; 11;

This work of historical fiction is based on the true, inspiring story of the early education of Seneca leader Ely Parker. Hasanoanda was his Indian name, but in mission school he became “Ely.”

Despite the racism and deceit he faced, he never gave up his mission to receive an education that would enable him to aid the Seneca people in their quest to keep their land. As a young person, he learned how to live in the world of the white man, but never forgot his Seneca roots.

Also included is an afterword that highlights the careers and achievements of Ely Parker’s adult life.

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