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F Is for Feelings
Authors:
Lisa Berger
Goldie Millar
Artists:
Hazel Mitchell
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: ► Non-Indigenous Content;

We all feel many different emotions every day. For young children, those feelings can be extra strong. And sometimes, children need help finding the words to describe how they’re feeling. This friendly and positive alphabet book gives children those “feelings words,” and explores the idea that while some feelings are more comfortable than others, all are natural and important. F Is for Feelings invites children to share, express, and embrace their emotions—every day!

A section in the back provides tips and activities for parents and caregivers to reinforce the themes and lessons of the book.

Reviews
"F Is for Feelings helps adults teach children a language as essential as our ABCs: the language of emotions without which we cannot communicate what is most real and important in our lives, without which we cannot communicate ourselves to others.”—Gabor Maté, M.D., coauthor of Hold On to Your Kids

Educator Information
Reading Level: Grade 1
Interest Level: Ages 3–8
Guided Reading Level: J

Common Core:
SL.1.1,1a,1b,1c,2,3,4,5,6
W.1.1,3,5,6,8
L.1.1,1a,1e,1f,4,4a,4c,5c,5d,6
RL.1.1,2,3,4,6,7,9
RF.1.1,1a,2,2c,3,4,4a,4b,4c

LEXILE: 130L

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40 pages | 12.05" x 8.46"

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$17.99

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Falcons in the City: The Story of a Peregrine Family
Authors:
Chris Earley
Artists:
Luke Massey
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: ► Non-Indigenous Content;

What happens when a peregrine falcon chooses to lay its eggs high atop a Chicago condominium balcony? Here is the story of a family of wild birds that moves into a cramped urban home and decides to settle in among towers filled with people and noise. The birds' new human neighbours are quick to try and evict, but it turns out that the falcons have rights too and the law is on their side.

This amusing true-life story looks at the issues related to urban wildlife and how urban dwellers co-exist with an ever-increasing wildlife population that finds ingenious -- and sometimes devious -- ways to move into our homes and cities, often without notice.

Illustrated with photographs documenting the early life of a peregrine falcon family that grows from eggs to full-fledged birds in the flower box of a curious apartment-dweller, this book also explores the natural history of this majestic bird species.

Reviews
"This is the story of a peregrine falcon family that moves into a cramped urban home amongst towers teeming with people. This photographic study explores urban wildlife and how city dwellers co-exist with an ever-increasing wildlife population that finds ingenious--and devious--ways to move into our homes and cities."  — The Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books f, March 2017

"Well designed spreads provide details on identification, courtship, nest defense, hunting, feeding, banding, fledging, and scientific research. This is a highly recommended title that would make an excellent addition to any school library. Many students will read the book for the pure pleasure of the interesting tale and evocative pictures. The information will inspire some to learn more about this fascinating species. Others will use it as a handy research source." — Helen Mason, Resource Links, December 2016

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48 pages | 9.00" x 9.00"

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$9.95

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Families Change
Authors:
Julie Nelson
Artists:
Mary Gallagher
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: ► Non-Indigenous Content;

All families change over time. Sometimes a baby is born, or a grown-up gets married. And sometimes a child gets a new foster parent or a new adopted mom or dad. Children need to know that when this happens, it’s not their fault. They need to understand that they can remember and value their birth family and love their new family, too. Straightforward words and full-color illustrations offer hope, support, and coping skills for children facing or experiencing change. Includes resources and information for birth parents, foster parents, social workers, counselors, and teachers.

Educator Information
Interest Level: ages 4-10.

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32 pages | 8.74" x 8.89"

$14.99

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Far North (J.Reynolds)
Authors:
Jan Reynolds
Artists:
Jan Reynolds
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous European; Sami;

It's springtime in the Arctic, and Sara and Kari are excited about the yearly reindeer roundup. Their people, the Sami, are moving the reindeer herds to mountain pastures for grazing. Family and friends also come together to celebrate the end of the long dark winter.

Sara and Kari help their father gather the family's herd together. Like other Sami people in northern Europe, Sara and Kari's family relies on reindeer for food, clothing, and shelter. Once the reindeer are rounded up, Sara and Kari join their neighbors and participate in springtime festivities such as games and reindeer races. 

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32 pages | 8.50" x 11.00"

$11.95

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Fatty Legs: A True Story
Artists:
Liz Amini-Holmes
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Inuit; Inuvialuit;

The moving memoir of an Inuit girl who emerges from a residential school with her spirit intact. 

Eight-year-old Margaret Pokiak has set her sights on learning to read, even though it means leaving her village in the high Arctic. Faced with unceasing pressure, her father finally agrees to let her make the five-day journey to attend school, but he warns Margaret of the terrors of residential schools. 

At school Margaret soon encounters the Raven, a black-cloaked nun with a hooked nose and bony fingers that resemble claws. She immediately dislikes the strong-willed young Margaret. Intending to humiliate her, the heartless Raven gives gray stockings to all the girls -- all except Margaret, who gets red ones. In an instant Margaret is the laughingstock of the entire school. 

In the face of such cruelty, Margaret refuses to be intimidated and bravely gets rid of the stockings. Although a sympathetic nun stands up for Margaret, in the end it is this brave young girl who gives the Raven a lesson in the power of human dignity. 

Complemented by archival photos from Margaret Pokiak-Fenton's collection and striking artwork from Liz Amini-Holmes, this inspiring first-person account of a plucky girl's determination to confront her tormentor will linger with young readers.

Awards

  • First Nation Communities Read recipient, 2011-2012

Reviews
"I highly recommend this book for the discussion it would stir with students...Makes the harrowing residential school stories accessible to youth." — Resource Links, December 2010

"Presents a unique and enlightening glimpse into the residential school experience and, most importantly, one little girl's triumph over her oppressors." — Quill & Quire, November 2010

Educator Information
Fountas and Pinnell T

Themes: biography; Inuit; Indigenous peoples; Indigenous; arctic; school; self-esteem; abuse; community; prejudice; Canadian content; courage/bravery; right vs. wrong; role reversal; secrets; society; history; bullying; memoir; character education.

Additional Information
112 pages | 6.25" x 9.00" | full-color illustrations, archival photographs, map

Authenticity Note
This illustrator of this book is not Indigenous; therefore, her artwork is not considered to be Authentic Indigenous Artwork according to Strong Nations Authenticity Guidelines. The archival photos from Margaret Pokiak-Fenton's personal collection, however, are considered to be authentic, which is why the book is labelled as containing Authentic Indigenous Artwork. It is up to readers to determine whether or not the images in this work are authentic for their purposes.

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$12.95

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Feathers and Fools
Authors:
Mem Fox
Artists:
Nicholas Wilton
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: ► Non-Indigenous Content;
Feathers and Fools is an allegory about how wars can begin with a simple fear of others based on misconceptions. For some time the swans and peacocks have lived peacefully by a pond. One day the peacocks begin to contemplate the differences between themselves and their neighbours. This then leads to the fear that the swans may one day change the peacock's way of life. With this fear fully ingrained in their minds, they begin to build arms against their neighbours. "We shall hurl these arrows at their throats and slaughter everyone should they ever try to change our way of life."

Upon hearing this, the swans began to build arms against the peacocks in fear that they would be attacked. The fear grew as each group acquired more and more arms against each other. The peacocks soon mistook the action of a swan as an act of aggression and thus, a war began. "Soon cries filled the sir and blood darkened the earth." When all the feathers had settled, there were no birds to be found, both swans and peacocks had been destroyed.

Foxs antiwar story touches on a common issue many nations face and how humans handle the concept of war. As history has revealed, humans have begun wars often times with very little knowledge of their opponents on the battlefield. The author artfully displays how mankind, although similar in many ways can decimate each other because of our lack of knowledge of the similarities amongst all groups. At the end of the story, Fox gives us a hopeful ending with the hatching of a lone peacock and a lone swan. These young birds meet and notice how similar they are and soon become friends. "So off they went together, in peace and unafraid, to face the day and share the world." Fox recognizes that present and future generations hold the keys to ending war.

The main characters, swans and peacocks are interchangeable with any nation, country, or people who have endured wars and their aftermaths. The book also emphasizes the importance of learning from history and not repeating it. Illustrator Nicholas Wiltons paintings bring out the beauty of the worlds of the peacock and swan. With acrylic jewel tone paints, he captures the beauty of the peacocks bright feathers and the swans graceful profile. As the story progresses, you can see the changes of the birds body language and actions helping bring emphasis on how the building toward war changes reactions and opinions of the two sides. The paintings were created to evoke the feeling of a folktale or fable with its aged looks and block style borders. Feathers and Fools is a wonderful book that could open the possibility for the discussion of topics such as war, the arms race, and similarities amongst people and their ways of lives. This book could be used at all levels for discussion.
$11.99

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Feet Are Not for Kicking
Authors:
Elizabeth Verdick
Artists:
Marieka Heinlen
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: ► Non-Indigenous Content;

"Look at those feet! Aren't they sweet?" Yes - when they're walking, standing, leaping and landing. And when they're kicking balls or leaves. But not when they're kicking people!

In simple words and charming full-color illustrations, this book helps little ones learn to use their feet for fun, not in anger or frustration. It also includes tips for parents and caregivers on how to help toddlers be sweet with their feet.

Series Information
This book is part of the Best Behaviour Series. This series uses simple words and delightful full-color illustrations to guide children to choose peaceful, positive behaviors. All books include helpful tips and ideas for parents and caregivers.

Additional Information
24 pages | 7.52" x 6.38"

$12.99

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Fiddle Dancer
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Fiddle Dancer tells the tale of a young Metis boy, Nolin, and his growing awareness of his Metis heritage and identity while his "Moushoom," or grandfather, teaches him to dance. Authors Wilfred Burton and Anne Patton masterfully weave a childhood story rich in Metis culture and language. This delightful story captures the importance of Elders as role models, a child's apprehension at learning new things, and the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren. Sherry Farrell Racette provides many beautiful illustrations for the book.

Includes a CD with English and Michif Narrations of the Story and Fiddle Music!

Educator Information
This is the first book in a trilogy composed of these three titles: Fiddle Dancer, Dancing In My Bones, and Call of the Fiddle.

Michif translations by Normal Fleury.

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Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork
$15.00

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Fiers d'etre Inuvialuits
Artists:
Tessa Macintosh
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Inuvialuit;

James Pokiak is proud to be Inuvialuit. The Inuvialuit, or "real people," are the most westerly Canadian Inuit. James lives in Tuktoyaktuk, NT, a community above the Arctic Circle, on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. Even though he lives in town now, James grew up on the land, learning the traditional values and survival skills of his people.

In this fifth book in the The Land is Our Storybook series, James and his daughter, Rebecca, go on a trip to harvest a beluga whale. Harvesting and processing belugas with his family is important to James. It is an integral part of what it means to be Inuvialuit. Join James and his family and learn about how the beluga whale is interlinked with Inuvialuit culture and history.

Educator Information
Recommended Grades: 2-4

Additional Information
32 pages | 8.25" x 8.25" | French Edition

 

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$19.95

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Fight for Justice
Authors:
Lori Saigeon
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;

10-year-old Justice feels like the "man of the house" for his twin sister, Charity and their Mom. He would much rather be snowmobiling on his grandparents' reserve. It is there that he can leave the grimy city and the bullying kids of his neighbourhood.

When Charity is attacked by the school bullies, Justice decides to take matter into his own hands. When his plan to frame the ring-leader, Trey goes awry, Justice finds himself in more trouble than he bargained for.

A realistic look at life on the inner city streets for many kids: gangs, bullying and learning to fight for what you believe in. Through the help of his multi-generational family and his native heritage, Justice learns the importance of believing in your self and fighting for what you know is right.

Reviews
"A gentle, positive and authentic tale."— Canadian Children's Book News, January 2010

Additional Information
128 pages | 5.48" x 7.25"

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$7.95

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Fill a Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Young Children
Authors:
Kathrine Martin
Carol McCloud
Artists:
David Messing
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: ► Non-Indigenous Content;

Fill a Bucket is the perfect gift for anyone with little ones they love. When children have their buckets filled and learn how they can fill other people's buckets too, they understand how special, valuable, and capable they are.

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24 pages | 6.97" x 6.97"

$12.95

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Find the Fish
Authors:
Jackie Hildering
Artists:
Jackie Hildering
Andy Lamb
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: ► Non-Indigenous Content;

It’s “Find the Fish” – an eye-spy style book. It’s the “Where’s Waldo” of the marine world aimed at increasing awareness of the life in the NE Pacific Ocean.

In addition to being fun, the book is intended to add to the knowledge of just how diverse and colourful life is in these cold, dark waters. Text provides background on the images and invites children to look for other species as well as the featured fish.

It is soft-cover and features eleven searches for fish. Each search is spread across two pages to be 17″ by 11″ (43 cm x 28 cm). Answer pages are included showing the location of the fish with additional labeling of other species. Please see example pages below.

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$18.00

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Fire Starters
Artists:
Scott B. Henderson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: First Nations;

Looking for a little mischief after finding an old flare gun, Ron and Ben suddenly find themselves in trouble when the local gas bar on Agamiing Reserve goes up in flames, and they are wrongly accused of arson by the sheriff’s son. As the investigation goes forward, community attitudes are revealed, and the truth slowly comes to light.

Reviews
"Storm's story is a very thoughtful look at the two systems of justice. The Native boys in the White system, being interrogated is a stark contrast to what the White boy experiences in the Native system of justice. It points to the path Storm is looking for: how a community can heal, rather than how it could punish and inflict more harm on people... I recommend Jen Storm's Fire Starters. There's a lot to study, think about, and of course, talk about." -- Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature

"Fire Starters reminds readers of the many perspectives involved in reconciliation. The story moves beyond Ron and Ben’s experiences as aboriginal teens poorly treated by a white community to include the experiences of law enforcement officers, family members, and even the arsonists themselves. Complementing the fast-paced plot, Henderson’s artwork is drawn from a wide variety of perspectives, and Yaciuk’s moody colours suit the rising tension experienced by all characters. A cautionary tale about the consequences of prejudice and racism, Fire Starters is a valuable addition to conversations about the importance of reconciliation and the power of the truth." -- Roseanne Gauthier, National Reading Campaign 

Educator & Series Information
Recommended Grades: 6-9

Fire Starters is one book in The Debwe Series.  This series features exceptional Indigenous writing from across Canada.

 
Additional Information
56 pages | 6.00" x 10.00" | Graphic Novel
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Authentic Indigenous Text
$18.95

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First Fire: A Cherokee Folktale
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Cherokee; Native American;

Why are ravens black? Why do screech owl eyes look red in light? How did we get fire? You’ll find the answers to those questions in this retelling of a Cherokee pourquoi folktale. The earth was cold and dark but the animals could see fire coming from the tree on the island. They tried to fly or swim to the island to bring back the fire heat and light. What happened to some of the animals? Which animal brought it back and how?

First Fire is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers.

Educator Information
Ages: 5-8
Grades K-3
Lexile: 730
F&P: M

Additional Information
32 pages | 10" x 8.5"

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$13.95

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First Nations Ceremonies
Authors:
Valerie Roulette (Anishinaabeg;)
Artists:
Amber Green
Scott B. Henderson
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Anishinaabeg;

Written from an Anishinaabe perspective, First Nations Ceremonies explores various Anishinaabe teachings that have been handed down from Elders, encouraging mino-pimaatisiwin, the good life. These practices are still used today, crossing time from the past to the future.


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24 pages
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$4.95

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