Niwechihaw

Niwechihaw

I Help

Book - 2008
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Written and illustrated by members of the Tahltan and Cree nations, this sweet, simple story looks at a very special relationship. A young boy goes for a walk with his kohkom, or grandmother, listening, picking, praying, eating . . . just as she does. In doing so, he begins to learn the rich cultural traditions and values of his Cree heritage. Leona Neilson's thoughtful text and Caitlin Dale Nicholson's acrylic-on-canvas illustrations blend beautifully to show both the deep bond between the boy and his grandmother and the beauty of their world. Poetic, resonant text makes this an ideal read-aloud for young ears.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780888998125
Branch Call Number: NIC
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Additional Contributors: Neilson, Leona
Alternative Title: I help

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laedeechai
Dec 06, 2012

The presence of Cree and English on each page adds to what is a beautiful story about a Kohkum (grandmother) and her grandson. The grandson's mirroring of his Kohkum's actions as they go about their day adds prediction and works nicely for audience interaction during storytelling. (Yes, this is a great book for Storytime!).

I love the illustrations and the understated expression of Aboriginal heritage and the bond between the Kohkum and grandson. It's simply told but the friendship and strength of tradition is expressed strongly.

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