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Meshom and the Little One

Revised Edition

by (author) Elaine Wagner

illustrated by Marie-Micheline Hamelin

Theytus Books
Initial publish date
Jan 1995
General, Native Canadian, Multigenerational
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1995
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
  • Reading age: 3 to 5


After ten-year-old Shawna moves to the West Coast with her mother, she misses Meshom (her grandfather) but is surprised when he arrives for her birthday.

About the authors

Elaine J. Wagner is Ojibwe and was born in Manitoba. Elaine worked for many First Nations organizations before she retired and started writing, Meshom and the Little One is her first book. Elaine currently lives in Kelowna, BC.

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Of Indigenous and French ancestry, Marie-Micheline Hamelin was born in the small northern community of Brosseau, Alberta. After achieving her Foundations in Indigenous Fine Arts certificate, she pursued a creative writing certificate and was awarded the Dora Bystrom Award for her dedication and work.


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Librarian Reviews

Meshom and the Little One

A family’s move to a new home on the West Coast is a big step in young Shawna’s life. After discovering numerous differences and contrasts to her previous life in Manitoba, overwhelming homesickness for her friends, school and grandparents sets in. Meshom and Kokum (Grandfather and Grandmother) visit for Shawna’s tenth birthday and present her with a plaster figurine, a Kaagashinshidg, a Little One, part of the Ojibwa culture. Shawna carefully plans and lovingly paints her new friend and the Little One takes on a new meaning in her life. A heart-warming story that young readers will find intriguing.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2007-2008.

Other titles by Elaine Wagner

Other titles by Marie-Micheline Hamelin