Written by: Richard Van Camp
Illustrated by: Julie Flett
For Ages: Infant and Up
Language: Bilingual-English and Plains Cree; English.
Topics Covered: New Baby, Indigenous Voices, First Nations, Family, Love, Celebration.
Summary: This rhyming board book celebrates a new baby’s arrival in a family. The illustrations show a happy family mostly in nature, exploring the natural world. The child is often being held, and shown new things-a starry sky, flowers, or in a boat watching fish. A quick read, these beautiful illustrations ignite happiness within the reader, awakening the desire to show a new life all of the beauty in the world.
- What do you love most about being in nature?
- What would you like to show someone new about your community?
- What are some of the things you like to do with your family?
Continuing the Conversation:
- Draw pictures of things you do with your family, may you could even make your own book!
- Learn more about rhyming and poetry. Write a poem by yourself, with your classroom, or with your family.
About the Author & the Illustrator:
Monique Gray Smith is a mixed heritage woman of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish descent and is the proud Mom of twelve year old twins. She is an award winning author, international speaker and sought after consultant. Her career has focused on fostering paradigm shifts that emphasize the strength and resiliency of the First Peoples in Canada. She is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience.
Julie Flett is a Cree-Metis author, illustrator, and artist. She has received many awards including the 2017 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for her work on When We Were Alone by David Robertson (High Water Press), the 2016 American Indian Library Association Award for Best Picture Book for Little You by Richard Van Camp (Orca Books), and she is the three-time recipient of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Award for Owls See Clearly at Night; A Michif Alphabet, by Julie Flett, Dolphin SOS, by Roy Miki and Slavia Miki (Tradewind Books), and My Heart Fills with Happiness, by Monique Gray Smith (Orca Books). Her own Wild Berries (Simply Read Books) was featured in The New York Times and included among Kirkus’s Best Children’s Books of 2013. Wild Berries was also chosen as Canada’s First Nation Communities Read title selection for 2014–2015.