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It’s a Mitig!

by (author) Bridget George

Douglas & McIntyre
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
Words, General, Native Canadian
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k


Giizis—the sun—rises. What’s hiding in the trees?

It’s a Mitig! guides young readers through the forest while introducing them to Ojibwe words for nature. From sunup to sundown, encounter an amik playing with sticks and swimming in the river, a prickly gaag hiding in the bushes and a big, bark-covered mitig.

Featuring vibrant and playful artwork, an illustrated Ojibwe-to-English glossary and a simple introduction to the double-vowel pronunciation system, plus accompanying online recordings, It’s a Mitig! is one of the first books of its kind. It was created for young children and their families with the heartfelt desire to spark a lifelong interest in learning language.

About the author

Bridget George is an Anishinaabe author-illustrator and graphic designer. She was raised on the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and now lives in London, Ontario. George is the author of the 2020 book It’s a Mitig!, an acclaimed introduction to the Ojibway language for young readers.

Bridget George's profile page


  • TD Summer Reading Club
  • Winner, Winner First Nation Communities READ / PMC Indigenous Literature Award

Editorial Reviews

It’s a Mitig! is a beautiful and unique book. Children, as the instinctively curious beings that they are, will surely enjoy predicting what the Ojibwe words translate to in English and then verifying their predictions through the cartoon style illustrations. The vibrant and colourful illustrations filling every inch of each page, in combination the fun and playful language, will keep any young audience gripped from giizis to dibiki-giizis. Highly Recommended.”

Andrea Boyd, <i>Canadian Materials</i>

“This is more than a treasure, It's a Mitig! is a song and a dance for the world in how fun it is to learn Anishinaabe from mentor and visionary Bridget George.
I am completely charmed hoping this is the first in a series we can all enjoy together. Written with such love and tenderness, this is a gift for the world. Bravo and mahsi cho, Bridget George.”

Richard Van Camp, author of <i>Welcome Song for Baby</i> and <i>Little You</i>

“...This is a creative feast of language, learning, and playful illustrations. Children will love trying to pronounce the tricky, authentic words, and they’ll thrive on the challenge of guessing what the descriptions represent before viewing the pictures that accompany them. Words are thoughtfully chosen, with just a few scattered here and there, making it a perfect bedtime story…. It’s a Mitig! will likely become a favorite in the households of many. It’s unique and offers youth an adventurous read.”

Jennifer Padgett,

“Whether connecting with one's Ojibwe ancestry or simply opening children's eyes and ears to the cornucopia of North American dialects, It's a Mitig! is a useful tool for exploring language—and an especially prized and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library Native American /Canadian Aboriginal picture book collections.”

<i>Midwest Book Review<i>

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