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Children's Fiction Values & Virtues

The First Day

A Story of Courage

by (author) Katherena Vermette

illustrated by Irene Kuziw

Publisher
Portage & Main Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2014
Category
Values & Virtues, School & Education, Native Canadian, Boys & Men
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781553795216
    Publish Date
    Nov 2014
    List Price
    $9.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781553795926
    Publish Date
    Jan 2016
    List Price
    $11.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: k to 2

Description

Makwa has to go to a new school ... and he doesn't want to go. How will he face his first day? The Seven Teaching of the Anishinaabe -- love, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, honesty, and truth -- are revealed in these seven stories for children. Set in an urban landscape with Indigenous children as the central characters, these stories about home and family will look familiar to all young readers.

About the authors

KATHERENA VERMETTE is a Métis writer from Treaty One territory, the heart of the Métis nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses Company), won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her National Film Board short documentary, this river, won the Coup de Coeur award at the Montreal First Peoples Festival and a Canadian Screen Award.

Her first novel, The Break, was a national bestseller and won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award; the Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature; and three Manitoba Book Awards. It was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and CBC’s Canada Reads. She is also the author of the children’s picture book series The Seven Teaching Stories and recently published the first book, Pemmican Wars, in the young adult book series A Girl Called Echo. Ms. Vermette’s second book of poetry, river woman, is forthcoming in the fall of 2018 from House of Anansi Press.

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Irene Kuziw graduated from the University of Manitoba School of Art. Over the years, she has worked in galleries, museums, and schools. As a freelance artist, she has been commissioned for countless portraits and illustrations, and her work has been exhibited in numerous art shows. After taking early retirement and moving to the Interlake region of Manitoba, Irene is now able to devote her time to doing what she loves – drawing. Always seen with a pencil in her hand, she explores the abstraction of reality, whether it be the human face or the animal spirit.
 

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