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Powwow Counting in Cree

by (author) Penny M. Thomas

illustrated by Melinda Josie

Portage & Main Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2015
Multicultural Education
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2013
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k


This unique counting book introduces Cree numbers, from one to ten. Featuring powwow imagery that reflects the rich culture and tradition of the Cree people, rhyme, rhythm, and glowing illustration combine to make language learning a joyful experience for young readers. A pronunciation guide is included in the back of the book.

  • Winner of McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award
  • Selected for The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Approved resource for Manitoba classrooms

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.



Penny M. Thomas' profile page

Melinda Josie, a graduate of Sheridan College, is an award-winning artist, illustrator, and textile designer. Her illustrations appear in children's books, magazines, and commercial projects. An accomplised fine artist, Melinda has had a number of gallery shows and private commisions. Her work reflects the nature and magic of her Northern Ontario roots. She currently lives in Toronto.

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