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Children's Nonfiction Environmental Science & Ecosystems

The Grizzly Mother

by (author) Hetxw’ms Gyetxw Brett D. Huson

illustrated by Natasha Donovan

Publisher
Portage & Main Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Category
Environmental Science & Ecosystems, Bears, Native Canadian, Seasons
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781553797760
    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price
    $23.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781553797784
    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price
    $18.00

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 4 to 6

Description

Book two in the award-winning Mothers of Xsan series, The Grizzly Mother uses striking illustration and lyrical language to bring the poetry of the Xsan ecosystem to life.

To the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia, the grizzly is an integral part of the natural landscape. Together, they share the land and forests that the Skeena River runs through, as well as the sockeye salmon within it. Follow mother bear as she teaches her cubs what they need to survive on their own.

About the authors

Hetxw'ms Gyetxw, also known as Brett D. Huson (he/him/his), is from the Gitxsan Nation of the Northwest Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Growing up in this strong matrilineal society, Brett developed a passion for the culture, land, and politics of his people, and a desire to share their knowledge and stories. Brett has worked in the film and television industry for over 13 years and is a volunteer board member for organizations such as Ka Ni Kanichihk and sākihiwē festival. Brett also works with the Prairie Climate Centre to connect western science and Indigenous Knowledges.

The award-winning Mothers of Xsan series is Brett’s first series of books and part of a larger vision to share the worlds of the Gitxsan Nation. With the support of his wife, Jeri, and their children, Warren and Ruby, Brett endeavours to continue sharing stories with his writing, artwork, and photography.

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Natasha Donovan (she/her/hers) is a freelance artist and illustrator from Vancouver, British Columbia. Her sequential work has been published in The Other Side and This Place: 150 Years Retold anthologies. She is the illustrator of the award-winning graphic novel Surviving the City, as well as the award-winning children’s book, The Sockeye Mother (shortlisted for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction), the first book in the Mothers of Xsan series. Natasha is a member of the Métis Nation of British Columbia.
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Awards

  • Winner, Manuela Dias Design and Illustration Awards, Children's Illustration
  • Winner, Animal Behavior Society's Outstanding Children's Book Award

Editorial Reviews

? Anchored in the culture of the Gitxsan Nation, this spellbinding account of a grizzly bear’s first few years with her cubs is the second title in the Mothers of Xsan series. Saturated with ocher hues and expressively detailed with black line, Donovan’s illustrations amplify the text’s lyricism with nuanced perspectives.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

Selected as Middle Honor Book for the American Indian Youth Literature Award

American Indian Library Association

Selected for the 2020 Outstanding International Books List

The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY)

Selected for the Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2019 reading list, Informational Books for Older Readers

Chicago Public Library

Teachers! Get The Grizzly Mother for your classroom--and ask your librarian to get it on the library shelves, too! I highly recommend The Sockeye Mother and The Grizzly Mother published by HighWater Press. They are pitched at children in grades 5-7 but I think they can be used with younger children. And of course, picture books should be used with people of any age. Highly recommended!

American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

A lyrically poetic text, it delivers a wealth of information on the lives of grizzlies and the ecosystem they are part of, making this an invaluable introduction to the way we are all connected.

The Globe and Mail

This is a gorgeous book. Recommended.

School Library Journal

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