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A Salmon's Sky View
Author: Carol McDougall
Format: Paperback
  • “A Salmon’s Sky View” began as the idea of using art to make reading fun and engaging. As a teacher and a parent of creative children, I imagined it would be great to finish reading a picture book and then to have the art directions to re-create the illustrations. I wanted kids to feel the joy of succeeding and expressing themselves.

    I chose an art project which I had used as a teacher and had been really successful with children of many ages – looking up through water at a silhouette. Once the art medium of permanent black ink and water colour was chosen, I started thinking of a story line which would go with it.

    I wrote the non-fiction story of the life cycle of a salmon. I love salmon. The world I want has an abundance of salmon in it. Not only is the salmon a part of our teaching curriculum but it is a vital part our natural heritage in British Columbia, Canada.

    I started sharing my story with students. Many people (especially kids) are intrigued to hear that the art came first - this is an example of the author being a very creative, right brained, visual learner.

    I realized that there was much more to this little salmon story and I wanted to understand it. This became the basis of my Master of Arts research. I examined creativity, literacy and I explored how teachers’ viewed visual learners. I worked with teachers who were involved in the stewardship program of incubating salmon in the classroom. This helped me develop an understanding of the creative process and learning styles in relation to my book. We shared the story, art and writing process. We noticed that students’ writing was often richer and more detailed when asked to write after they had created a picture. Teachers’ consistently viewed students as more engaged learners.

    "If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it."
    ~Albert Einstein

    Current brain research confirmed that art integration can lead to gains in literacy and numeracy and that intelligence is multiple. Through enhanced literacy, we can help students make their way in the world as engaged, creative learners. I decided that this was an idea worth sharing and launched my book in July 2009 at the Vancouver Aquarium’s NAME (Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators www.pacname.org ) conference.

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Beneath Raven Moon
Author: David Bouchard
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw, Métis
Format: Hardcover
  • There are as many Creation stories as there are First Nations on Turtle Island. The story of a Great Flood is known to indigenous people in every corner of the world. But what about the Moon? Who made her? What was her intended purpose?

    Beneath Raven Moon is an enchanting tale of the creation of Grandmother Moon and of the first time she wove her spell on a young, unsuspecting couple.

    The story unfolds in the territory of the Kwakwaka’wakw people – now also known as British Columbia’s Inside Passage – where Raven and Eagle join together in good-natured conspiracy to foster a heart-warming romance.

    Follow the magical vision of Métis author David Bouchard and Kwakwaka’wakw artist Andy Everson to learn why Raven found it necessary to bless us with the heavenly sphere that guides we two-leggeds and illuminates our night sky. And enjoy the enchantment of the music and flute of Mary Youngblood as you sit in wonder ... Beneath Raven Moon.

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Buffalo
Author: Beverly Brodsky
Format: Paperback
  • "A powerful tribute to a majestic animal!

    "The Buffalo was a way of life for the indians of the Great Plains. It provided food, fuel, and clothing - all the basic needs. The first Americans celebrated the buffalo's sacred spirit with ceremonies, prayers, and songs. The buffalo taught that all living things, including humans, are equal in the natural world. The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of forests, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings. He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers; he belongs just as the buffalo belonged"....- Oglala Sioux chief

    Beverly Brodsky's watercolors and oil paintings accompany tribal song-poems woven into a narrative history about the buffalo's essential and sacred role on the Plains. Her book is a powerful tribute to a majestic animal, tracing the history of the buffalo from the beginning of time to present day. Beverly Brodsky reveived a Caldecott Honour for her earlier work, the Golem. Her magnificent paintings and text in Buffalo have also reveived many awards, including:ASPCA Henry R. Bergh Children's Book Honor Winner, 2004Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2004Best Children's Books of the Year (Outstanding Merit)--Bank Street College, 2004

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Cloudwalker
Traditional Territory: Haida, Heiltsuk, Ts'msyen
Format: Hardcover
  • Cloudwalker, describing the creation of the rivers, is the second in a series of Northwest Coast legends by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd. Their previous collaboration, Raven Brings the Light (2013), is a national bestseller.

    On British Columbia's northwest coast lies the Sacred Headwaters--the source of three of British Columbia's largest salmon-bearing rivers. These rivers are the source of life for all creatures in the area. But what gave life to the rivers themselves?

    Astace, a young Gitxsan hunter, is intent on catching a group of swans with his bare hands. He is carried away by the birds' powerful wings and dropped in the clouds. With only a cedar box of water Astace wanders the clouds, growing weaker, stumbling and spilling the contents. When he finally returns to earth he discovers lakes, creeks, and rivers where there were none before. The Gitxsan rejoice at having him home, and name the new river they live alongside Ksien--"juice from the clouds."

    Roy Henry Vickers' vibrant artwork, including 18 new prints, accompany this new retelling of an ancient story--readers of all ages will be captivated.

$19.95

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Fish For Supper
Author: Terri Mack
Format: Paperback
  • Level 1

    Illustrated by Bill Helin.

    Back cover book introduction:
    Many animals fish for their supper.
    What are some things that animals fish for?

    Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in
    Pages: 16
    ISBN: 9780987967015

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Fish For Supper (6-pack)
Author: Terri Mack
Format: Paperback
  • Level 1

    Illustrated by Bill Helin.

    Back cover book introduction:
    Many animals fish for their supper.
    What are some things that animals fish for?

    Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in
    Pages: 16
    6-Pack ISBN: 9781927571316

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George Littlechild: The Spirit Giggles Within
Format: Hardcover
  • George Littlechild: The Spirit Giggles Within is a stunning retrospective of a career that has spanned nearly four decades. Featuring more than 150 of the Plains Cree artist's mixed-media works, this sumptuous collection showcases the bold swaths of colour and subtle textures of Littlechild's work. Littlechild has never shied away from political or social themes. His paintings blaze with strong emotions ranging from anger to compassion, humour to spiritualism. Fully embracing his Plains Cree heritage, he combines traditional Cree elements like horses and transformative or iconic creatures with his own family and personal symbols in a unique approach. George Littlechild: The Spirit Giggles Within shows the evolution of an artist from his earliest works to the present day, including hints of future directions and themes. An insightful foreword by artist and curator Ryan Rice, a Mohawk from the Kahnawake First Nation in Quebec, and Littlechild's reflections on each piece build a broad understanding of Littlechild's work, his life and his views on the role of art within all cultures.

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Inuit Modern: Masterworks from the Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection
Author: Gerald McMaster
Format: Paperback
  • A gorgeous retrospective on the transformation of Inuit art in the 20th century, mirroring the vast and poignant cultural changes in the North. In response to a rapidly changing Arctic environment, Inuit have had to cope with the transition from a traditional lifestyle to the disturbing realities of globalization and climate change. Inuit art in the latter half of the 20th century reflects the reciprocal stimulus of contact with Euro-Canadians and embodies the evolution of a modern Inuit aesthetic that springs from an ancient cultural context, creating an exciting new hybridized art form. Inuit Modern: Art from the Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection situates modern Inuit art within a larger framework that reinterprets the Canadian Arctic. Essays by leading Canadian scholars in the field including Ingo Hessel, Robert McGhee, Christine Laloude, Heather Igloliorte, Dorothy Eber and Bernadette Driscoll Engelstad examine the social, political and cultural transformation through the dynamic lens of colonial influence and agency. Inuit Modern also features interviews with David Ruben Piqtoukun and Zacharias Kunuk.

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It Is a Good Day
Author: Corrine Hunt
Format: Paperback
  • Olaka Iku Da Nala (It is a Good Day) -- In this book Corrine Hunt recounts the experiences surrounding the creation of the medals and the events during and after the 2010 Winter Olympics. Paperback. 86 pages.

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Leonard the Larch
Author: Darcee O'Hearn
Format: Paperback
  • “Leonard the Larch,” otherwise known as the Western Larch, is the first book in the series. Darcee has chosen Leonard as the “Jokester” of the forest because he loves to spook all his tree friends whenever he gets the chance. Halloween was Leonard’s favorite time of year because that was the only night Mother Earth didn’t discipline him for causing trouble. Each year, Leonard sought after the perfect costume to spook all his friends until finally, Mother Earth suggested he could be a spooky skeleton. He was very excited about the idea and later that Halloween night, he had the best time of his life scaring all his friends with his new costume. Now that he found the perfect disguise, he asked Mother Earth if he could be a spooky skeleton every year. That is why, every year, around Halloween, Leonard’s needles turn yellow and fall because he is getting ready to spook us all!

    Darcee has been teaching Forestry for almost six years and a common question asked by many is, “What is happening to our Larches, are they dying?” She is always excited to share her story explaining that the Larch is perfectly fine and healthy. She has learned that some people have actually cut down their Larch tree because they thought it had been attacked by the mountain pine beetle. For this, she knew how important it was for her to create her legends to help educate not only children, but adults too, using Legends that can be shared from one generation to the next.

    All of the crafts found in the book are tested by Darcee’s Scout group. She always gets her Beavers and Cubs to complete each craft and if it is successful, she will then put it into her book. The craft included in Leonard the Larch teaches you how you can make amber in a day. This was completed by her son Alexander and he entered it into the School District Science Fair, where it was very well received and made the local newspaper as a huge success.

    Can you make amber in a day? Yes you can, and the illustrated instructions tell you how, step by step. Keep in mind, no one can make “real” amber in a day; this amber is plasticized amber that can be molded into any shape you desire, but remains soft and slightly tacky. “Real” amber takes millions of years under high pressure to form the beautiful golden colors that can be seen in jewelry and other art.

    It is very easy to get all the different trees’ names confused with each other. When Darcee takes her classes on field trips, she often finds that kids automatically call a tree that is an evergreen, a pine tree. There are many different trees that grow amongst us, so Darcee put photographs of the tree’s bark, cones, needles, branches, and profile to show the differences in each tree. Also included are descriptive clues to aid in proper identification.

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Mouse Celebrates the Winter Solstice
Author: Terri Mack
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Paperback
  • It is winter. The land lies still, quiet and stark beneath a blanket of snow. The tiny footprints of a mouse can be seen in the light of the moon.

    "Wrapped in the quiet, and there in the bleak, there stood a wise mouse, preparing to speak."

    The words that mouse chose were from many years past. She spoke them into the cold night air. So begins the enchanting story of a very special Winter Solstice celebration.

    Kwakwaka’wakw author Terri Mack and Tsimshian artist Bill Helin have collaborated to bring us this story of strength, friendship and celebration. The lyrical text and engaging illustrations will appeal to readers of all ages.

    Author's note:

    Gila'kasla!
    I spent a year writing and rewriting this poem to be sure to convey the message clearly to my audience. It was important to me that the poem reflect the importance of us all joining together to find the sacredness in celebration, the joy of belonging within a greater community and the voice of determination inside of each of us. Inspired by Indigenous Peoples rising, healing and joining together I hope that this poem inspires our youth to be strong and determined in all their future goals.
    ~Terri Mack

    Book Dimensions: 9in x 12in
    Pages: 24
    ISBN: 9781771740555

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My Book of Birds
Author: Geraldo Valerio
Format: Hardcover
  • Geraldo Valério is an artist who loves birds, from majestic Golden Eagles and Snowy Owls to brilliant cardinals and jays to the tiniest of hummingbirds. Here he presents his favorites, with beautiful collage illustrations and brief descriptions that highlight intriguing facts about each one.

    The illustrations show a variety of feathered creatures in their natural habitats as they hunt for food, impress their mates, nest, and care for their young. The concise, accessible text provides information ranging from clever techniques for finding food to remarkable physical features to fascinating behaviors. But above all, Geraldo Valério shares his passion for birds in this lovingly created album, inspiring young readers with their beauty and the excitement of discovery.

    Includes an introduction, glossary, index and sources for further information.

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Nokum is My Teacher
Author: David Bouchard
Format: Hardcover
  • 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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Northwest Coast Button Blanket Activity and Colouring Book
Author: Sgaana Jaada
Format: Paperback
  • Northwest Coast Button Blanket Activity and Colouring Book


    Button blankets have been in use for a very long time and are part of the regalia of many Northwest Coast First Nations people including the Haida, Nisga’a, Tsimshian, Tahltan and Tlingit peoples. The designs or crests on the button blanket identify the dancer’s or wearers family history, family crest, lineage, clans, rank and social status. The Northwest Coast First Nations people first created them after contact with fur traders, explorers and the Hudson’s Bay. Button blankets are worn to a variety of ceremonies including potlatches, pole raisings, a naming, memorials, feasts, weddings, graduations, public performances and dances. This book was designed to allow you to make a miniature version of a button blanket.

$9.50

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Northwest Native Arts: Basic Forms
Format: Paperback
  • Robert Stanley is a manificient artist showing the techniques of his culture in a very usable, interesting way.

$11.95

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