Curriculum Recommendation from the First Nations Education Steering Committee
Starting in the 1800s and continuing into the 20th century, First Nations children were forcibly taken to government-sponsored residential schools to erase their traditional languages and cultures. This moving book tells of one such child, author Larry Loyie, and his last summer with his Cree tribe. It is a time of learning and adventure. He cares for an abandoned baby owl, watches his grandmother make winter moccasins, and sees her kill a huge grizzly with one shot. The sensitive text and Heather Holmlund's expressive illustrations beautifully capture the joy and drama of a First Nations family's last summer together.
Age Range: 8 and up
Grade Level: 4 and up
Paperback: 40 pages
First Trade Paper edition (October 12, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.2 x 10 inches
A haunting combination of art, story and document. (Toronto Star 2002-09-01)
Holmlund's realistic and detailed watercolors expertly illuminate events throughout the story, in vignettes, plates, and a few full-page pictures. (School Library Journal 2002-09-01)
Loyie's quite words and Holmlund's authentic watercolor art capture the happy wilderness home... (Booklist 2002-09-01)
About the Author
Larry Loyie was born in Slave Lake, Alberta, where he spent his early years living a traditional Cree life. At the age of ten he was placed in St. Bernard's Mission residential school Grouard, Alberta. He is the author of several plays, short stories and children's stories dealing with native traditions, literacy and residential schools. Larry received the 2001 Canada Post Literacy Award for Individual Achievement (British Columbia). Heather D. Holmund studied fine art and the visual arts at York University, specializing in watercolour. Most recently she has focused on painting people as they relate to the natural world. From the day the authors met Heather and saw her work, the three of them shared a similar vision for this unique book, As Long as the Rivers Flow. Constance Brissenden is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of nine books of travel and history.