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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

Nimoshom and His Bus

by (author) Penny M. Thomas

illustrated by Karen Hibbard

Portage & Main Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2017
Native Canadian, Business, Careers, Occupations, Diversity & Multicultural, Cars & Trucks
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2017
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Dec 2017
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: k to 2


Nimoshom loved to drive the school bus. Every day, on the way to and from school, he had something to say. Sometimes, he told the kids silly stories. Sometimes, he taught the kids a new word in Cree.

Nimoshom and His Bus introduces basic Cree words. A glossary is included in the back of the book.

About the authors

Penny M. Thomas, of Cree-Ojibway background, believes in approaching healing from all directions, with storytelling key to this purpose. She is an advocate for First Nations people and works in the field of psychology and therapy. Her first book for children, Powwow Counting in Cree,  is the winner of the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award.



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Karen Hibbard (she/her/hers) is a freelance illustrator who draws on a long career as a visual artist. Karen has illustrated picture books for Planète Rebelle (Montréal), Annick Press (Toronto) as well as several activity books for youth with Éditions Mango on behalf of the Musée d’Orsay.  As well, Karen illustrated a picture book, to be published in 2021, by Les Éditions du Soleil de Minuit (St.-Damien-de-Brandon, Québec).

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Editorial Reviews

Through accessible language and engaging visual resources, readers are introduced to basic Cree as Nimoshom responds in this language to the children who ride his bus. [...] The illustrator’s varying the visuals between full double spreads and single page illustrations keeps the pacing lively. Amidst a rural fall setting, with woodland animals, children, and the school bus, Nimoshom’s humorous nature shines through these gentle illustrations. At the end of this story, you just want to give Nimoshom a great big hug!
- Anita Miettunen, CM: Canadian Review of Materials

A simple but endearing glimpse of Cree language and life.— Kirkus Reviews

"All children would be fortunate to have Nimoshom as their bus driver! With a gentle understanding of his charges, Nimoshom not only picks up and drops off schoolchildren but imparts love and kind discipline while using his Cree language. A relatable introduction to basic Cree, with lovely watercolors. A word guide at the end summarizes the words used."
- NetGalley review

Hibbard’s loose, expressive mixed-media illustrations capture the warm relationship between nimoshom and the children, particularly in one touching spread that shows nimoshom, wearing his signature outfit (plaid shirt, vest, and brown cap), surrounded by youngsters as he tells them stories. It’s clear that while the children are on their way to school to learn, their daily ride with nimoshom is an important education in itself.

The Horn Book Magazine

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