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Lively, entertaining short chapter books aimed at readers between ages seven and nine. These popular classroom favorites are well suited for social responsibility and character building programs.

Soapstone Porcupine
Jeff Pinkney
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);

The dog shows up the way snow does on a winter's day. She just drifts in and stays, becoming the friend of a young Cree boy. The boy and the dog set out on an adventure that ends in a quandary involving quills and a big brother who swears to take revenge on the porcupine. But Lindy, a Cree elder and master carver, reminds the brothers of the importance of the great porcupine. After a day spent carving in town, the boy learns some truths about human nature and realizes that sometimes, like the porcupine, you must put your quills up to keep from getting pushed around.

Soapstone Porcupine is the second book, after Soapstone Signs, narrated by a young Cree boy.

Educator & Series Information
Recommended for Grades K-6 for these subject areas: English Language Arts.

Uses simple Cree language throughout and includes a guide with the phonetic spelling and pronunciation of the Cree words used.

Themes: boy and dog friendship, soapstone carving, Indigenous, Cree, self-knowledge.

This book is part of the Orca Echoes series of early chapter books, which intends to engage young readers while promoting personal development and social responsibility.

Additional Information
88 pages | 5.25" x 7.62" | Chapter Book | B&W illustrations | Greg Spence (Moose Cree) was a consultant for the Cree language in this book.

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