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Lorna Williams
Illustrated by Mary Longman
Vancouver, Pacific Educational Press, 1991. 92pp, paper, $14.00
ISBN 0-88865-077-9. C1P

Grades 4 to 8/Ages 9 to 13

Reviewed by Sharon A. McLennan McCue

Volume 20 Number 3
1992 May

Written and illustrated by native Canadi­ans, this book will assist young people in understanding the diversity that exists among the First Nations across the country.

The story's narrator, Paul, is a Mohawk boy who travels to British Columbia to attend a youth gathering with other First Nations youth from across the continent. During this four-day meeting Paul meets many other young native people and learns how much he shares with people who may live half a continent away.

The youth are taught songs, dances and legends. They are taught about the tradi­tional relationship of the First Nations with plants and animals and how this knowledge was shared with non-natives who arrived to live on this continent. As part of Paul's story this book contains a short play, which might be performed in a classroom. In addition, there are five original songs written by David Campbell (the complete words and music are found at the end of the book).

The illustrations by Mary Longman are colourful and appealing. The obvious use for this book is in an elementary classroom of native Canadian children, but it could be included in any classroom study of the First Peoples because it adds a dimension - First Nations today considering their past - which is not easy to find in books written for this age level.

Sharon A. McLennan McCue, Ottawa, Ont.

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