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O Is for Orca: An Alphabet Book
Authors:
Andrea Helman
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2;

Art Wolfe's stunning color wildlife and nature photographs teach young children the alphabet while giving them a sense of wonder and appreciation about the bounty of nature. The old-fashioned A is for Apple is replaced by A is for Auklet. F is for Fir Tree, H is for Haida Totem Pole, and so on through the alphabet. No one does nature better than Art Wolfe, acclaimed longtime contributor to National Geographic. Andrea Helman's brief text includes an accessible introduction or fact about the animal, plant, person, or object depicted.

Published in the United States so improper terminolgy for example: H is for Haida Totem Pole instead of the Canadian text which would be H is for Haida Gwaii Totem Pole.

$11.99

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Ocean Champions: A Journey into Seas of Plastic
Authors:
Michelle Mech
Artists:
Ian Fry
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

Empowering children to help save our oceans.

With nine million tons of plastic debris entering the oceans every year from the land - the equivalent of one large garbage truck full every minute - plastic in our oceans is a problem so devastating and colossal that it is easy to give up in despair, feeling there is no way to make a real difference.  But Ocean Champions - A Journey into Seas of Plastic not only communicates this huge environmental problem to young children in an entertaining and educational story; it also empowers them to make a difference by influencing the adults in their lives and by taking action to become champions for our oceans.  

Ocean Champions is beautifully illustrated and tells a tale of two children, Kai and Morgan, who are playing on a beach and befriend Botley, a plastic bottle who is afraid of being washed into the ocean. They soon discover a dolphin tangled in fishing net and call a rescue centre for help. The rescuers arrive in the super submersible, Spirit, and thus begins a journey of discovery about the devastating effects that plastic debris is having on marine animals, either through external entanglement that injures, traps, and often drowns them or through plastic ingestion, which causes suffering and often death.  Along the way they learn more about ocean plastic and also why our oceans are so important. 

The story presents the sad facts in a way that doesn't overwhelm.  The child characters learn and accept and then go on to do something about plastic in our oceans, inspiring readers to also become agents of change.  (Gulf Islands Driftwood Newspaper, 2017)

Reviews
"This book is a must-read for today’s action-minded students. By showing the dark side of plastic pollution in the oceans, and then identifying solutions that we can all adopt, it provides a practical and positive story that empowers us to protect ocean life." - Dr. Peter S. Ross, Director of the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Pollution Research Program

"As a life-long artist and naturalist, it is safe for me to say that this book about a journey into seas of plastic is an excellent work. The illustrations are clean and lively, and the story is forceful and focused. The message is vitally important for all ages; from uninformed kids to thoughtless industrialists ... prevention is better than cleanup." - Robert Bateman, Canadian naturalist and painter

Educator Information
"The Oceans Champions story is a valuable learning tool for elementary school students as it teaches them about their relationship with the oceans as part of their natural environment. Reading and discussing the story contributes to the development of social responsibility, communication, and critical thinking. Related individual or group actions further enable advancement of these skills." - Janet Hoag, Coordinator K-5, SD 64 Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

The book's appendix contains related individual actions and student projects as well as other information, and the Ocean Champions website (oceanchampions.ca) contains teaching aids which include many student activities.

Recommended for grades K-7.

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40 pages | 9.00" x 9.00"

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$13.95

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Ojibway Animals
Authors:
Native Northwest
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg; Ojibway;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

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$10.00

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Ojibway Clans
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg; Ojibway;
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6; 7;

My name is Pey-sim-away-apey-binasi, which means Rainbow Thunderbird in my language. I am an artist with Ojibway (Ashinabe) heritage and my English given name is Mark Anthony Jacobson.

This book is about the clan system of the Ojibway First Nations people of Canada and the animal totems, or spirits that represent them. The clan system is made up of a group of families, or clans that are descended from a common ancestor through family chiefs. This system provides leadership and organization within the community and plays a very important role in our culture, creating harmony and direction for each member of the tribe.

The animal totems help us identify the different responsibilities each clan has in supporting and leading our community, and we associate special gifts with each animal. The different animal totems spiritually represent specific clans and are very important for the tribe to function as a whole. Some of those meanings and functions are outlined in this wonderful book for you to learn and enjoy.


Several of the important duties the clan system must help with are in the areas of leadership and guidance. Other tasks deal with policing, hunting and food gathering, learning about medicines and healing one another in the community.

The clan system is also used to assign roles for our community’s teachers, historians and mediators, who help resolve disputes between the different clans. It also has responsibilities in the spiritual areas of life, helping us to care for the mind, the body and the emotional issues we all go through.

I hope this book will offer each and every one of you an understanding of the clans, the animal totems and their responsibilities. It was fun creating these paintings and the meanings of each clan animal described. I thank you so much for taking the time to learn about how awesome these animals are and some of the incredible gifts they offer. I wish you all a creative and beautiful day, all my relations!
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$12.00

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Old Enough
Authors:
Peter Eyvindson
Format: Paperback

Peter Eyvindson, a Saskatchewan storyteller, and Wendy Wolsak, a British Columbia artist, have joined their talents in order to create their second children's picture book, Old Enough. Their first endeavour resulted in the publication of the delightful Kyle's Bath.

The text is easy enough for primary children to read independently. However, Old Enough is a book with a message that seems to be directed more towards parents than towards children. It tells of the relationship between a man and his son.

There is a repetitive quality to the book, which is evident in both text and illustrations. Holding his newborn son, the father dreams of what they will do together when he becomes "old enough." These wishes are illustrated by tiny figures cavorting on the quilt. As the boy grows, the father becomes caught in the demands of an adult world. He has "time enough only for his meetings, his conventions and his work." The father's dreams become the boy's solitary activities. This gives the book a sad, melancholy quality. This impression continues to the end of the book, in spite of the author's attempt to develop a happy ending.

Wendy Wolsak's detailed black-and-white illustrations interpret and enhance the text superbly. As in Kyle's Bath, she has used native people as models for the characters. Calendars at the side of the double-page illustrations mark the passage of time and give a continuity to the characters as they mature. Her soft-textured illustrations add to the wistful quality of the book.

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$5.95

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Old Turtle and the Broken Truth
Authors:
Douglas Wood
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2;

In this profoundly moving fable, the earth and all its creatures are suffering, for the people will not share their Truth, which gives them happiness and power, with those who are different from them. Then one brave Little Girl seeks the wisdom of the ancient Old Turtle, who sees that the people's Truth is not a whole truth, but broken. Old Turtle shows the girl the missing part of the Truth, and the Little Girl returns with it to her people. Then the pieces are brought together, and the broken Truth is made whole at last: YOU ARE LOVED... AND SO ARE THEY. Then the people and the earth are healed.

$22.99

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On a Summer's Day (English/Inuktitut)
Authors:
Inhabit Education
Artists:
Lenny Lishchenko
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten;

What do you do on a summer’s day?

This book describes different things a child does on a summer’s day in the Arctic.

Educator & Series Information
Bilingual: English and Inuktitut

This is an Arvaaq Book. Books in this series are intended for infants and very young children and are designed to help children develop physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language skills. 

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16 pages | 8.50" x 8.50"

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$13.95

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On Mother's Lap (Board Book)
Authors:
Ann Herbert Scott
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

A warm, tender story of an Inuit family & of a young boy's realization that there is enough room on mother's lap for both him & his sister.

$9.99

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On Mother's Lap (Paperback)
Authors:
Ann Herbert Scott
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

A warm, tender story of an Inuit family & of a young boy's realization that there is enough room on mother's lap for both him & his sister.

$9.95

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On My Walk
Artists:
Betty Halliday
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

B.C. Science Supplementary Resource: K-Physical and Earth Science

Slap! Slap! Slap! Listen to what you can hear! Only 35 words in a book filled with rhythm and fun.Excellent for new readers and ESL students.

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$6.95

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On My Walk - Colouring and Activity book
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: 2; 3; 4;

ON SALE! 6.50 (reg. 9.95)

On My Walk Colouring and Activity book focuses on community. Filled with images by Tsimshian artist, Bill Helin, and activities by Kwakwaka’wakw writer,Terri Mack.

This resource is also connected to the Strong Readers series and is part of the Strong Learners educational suite.

16 pages
Dimensions: 8 1/2" X 11"

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$6.50

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On the Internet: Our First Talk About Online Safety
Authors:
Jillian Roberts
Artists:
Jane Heinrichs
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3;

On the Internet: Our First Talk About Online Safety introduces children to the basics of online safety in a story-based, conversational style. Using real-world examples set within the context of a child who is using the Internet for the first time and watching an older sibling interact with social media, Dr. Roberts takes readers through several common scenarios around parental supervision, online bullying and anonymity. She also includes examples of people who use the Internet to make the world a better place. On the Internet addresses common safety concerns in a child-centered way and offers easy-to-understand rationales as to why it's important to maintain boundaries online just as in real life.

Educator Information
The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues that they may encounter outside their homes, in an accessible way. Sidebars offer further reading for older children or care providers who have bigger questions. For younger children just starting to make these observations, the simple question-and-answer format of the main text will provide a foundation of knowledge on the subject matter.

Recommended Ages: 6-8

Themes / Keywords: Internet safety, early conversations, online awareness, digital citizenship, technology, online bullying.

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32 pages | 8.50" x 10.00"

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$19.95

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On the Playground: Our First Talk About Prejudice
Authors:
Jillian Roberts
Artists:
Jane Heinrichs
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3;

On the Playground: Our First Talk About Prejudice focuses on introducing children to the complex topic of prejudice. Crafted around a narrative between a grade-school-aged child and an adult, this inquiry-focused book will help children shape their understanding of diversity so they are better prepared to understand, and question, prejudice witnessed around them in their day-to-day lives and in the media. Dr. Jillian Roberts discusses types of discrimination children notice, what prejudice means, why it's not okay, how to stand up against it and how kids can spread a message of inclusion and acceptance in the world around them.

Reviews
"A heartfelt…tool to provoke conversations about prejudice and bullying."— Kirkus Review, October 2018

"Parents, teachers, and counselors will find this book to be a handy resource for discussing bullying, as it provides credible ways for children (and adults) to view themselves as active upstanders for others."— Booklist, November 2018

Educator Information
The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues that they may encounter outside their homes, in an accessible way. Sidebars offer further reading for older children or care providers who have bigger questions. For younger children just starting to make these observations, the simple question-and-answer format of the main text will provide a foundation of knowledge on the subject matter.

Themes / Keywords: racism, ableism, sexism, diversity, inclusion, bullying, inquiry-based, discrimination.

Recommended Ages: 6-8

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32 pages | 8.50" x 10.00"

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$19.95

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On the Shoulder of a Giant
Authors:
Neil Christopher
Artists:
Jim Nelson
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 2;

This pan-Arctic Inuit legend, which tells the story of a friendly giant, is lightheartedly retold, featuring sweeping illustrations.

Inukpak was big, even for a giant. He loved to walk across the tundra, striding over the widest rivers and wading through the deepest lakes. He could walk across the Arctic in just a few days.

But being so big, and travelling so far, Inukpak was often alone. Until one day when he came across a little hunter on the tundra. Thinking that the hunter was a little boy alone on the land, Inukpak decided to adopt him. And so, from the shoulder of one of the biggest giants to ever roam the Arctic, this hunter experiences the world from Inukpak's perspective.

Educator Information
This big book can be shared with a classroom to teach students a traditional Inuit story that has been shared in the Arctic for generations.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

Additional Information
40 pages | 10.00" x 8.00"

This book is also available as a part of the Nunavummi Reading Series in a Big Book format.

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$16.95

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Once in a Blue Moon
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2;

Inspired by the expression “once in a blue moon,” Danielle Daniel has created a book of short poems, each one describing a rare or special experience that turns an ordinary day into a memorable one. She describes the thrill of seeing a double rainbow, the Northern Lights or a shooting star as well as quieter pleasures such as spotting a turtle basking in the sun or a family of ducks waddling across the road.

In simple words and delightful naïve images, Once in a Blue Moon celebrates the magical moments that can be found in the beauty and wonders of nature.

With the same simple yet sophisticated design as Danielle’s award-winning picture book Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, this book is a very accessible and inviting introduction to poetry for young readers.

Reviews
“This book will fascinate children expanding their horizons and learning about other cultures (or, in the case of Anishinaabe kids, their own).” - Kirkus Reviews

Educator Information
Recommended for Grades K-2 for these subject areas: Art Education, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies.

Additional Information
56 pages | 8.50" x 8.50"

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$17.95

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