Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 0 to 3
- Grade: p
One is Ne’wt, for one Turtle Island, made for you and me. Two is Ta’pu, for two women in the sweat lodge steam. Counting from one to ten in English and Mi’kmaw, young readers will be introduced to both the ancestral language of Mi’kmaki and to Mi’kmaw culture and legend, through beautifully rendered illustrations of the natural world, like fish swimming and bees buzzing, and concepts integral to the Mi’kmaw world view, like the Seven (L’luiknek) sacred Mi’kmaw teachings. Features bright and detailed illustrations from celebrated Waycobah-based Mi’kmaw illustrator, Loretta Gould.
About the author
Loretta Gould is a Mi’kmaw quilter and painter who loves bright, beautiful colours. A self-taught artist, she grew up in Waycobah First Nation where she later raised five children of her own. She began making a living through her art quilts but, when her sewing machine broke in 2013, she decided to try her hand at painting. She’s been painting ever since. Loretta’s dream is to share her art with the world. For her, art is a way to get her spiritual feelings on canvas. The paintings in Counting in Mi’kmaw are done in acrylic: her paint of choice. This is her first book.