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The Sockeye Mother

by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw Brett D. Huson, illustrated by Natasha Donovan

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published: Dec 2017
ISBN:9781553797401
imprint: HighWater Press
About the Authors

Hetxw’ms Gyetxw Brett D. Huson

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, and has volunteered for such organizations as Ka Ni Kanichihk and Indigenous Music Manitoba. The Sockeye Mother (winner of The Science Writers and Communicators Book Award) was Brett’s first book for children.
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Natasha Donovan (she/her/hers) is a Métis illustrator originally from Vancouver, British Columbia. Her sequential work has been published in This Place: 150 Years Retold, Wonderful Women of History, and the forthcoming Thomas King graphic novel Borders. She is the illustrator of the award-winning graphic novel series Surviving the City, as well as the award-winning Mothers of Xsan children's book series and Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer. She lives by the Nooksack River in Washington State. @natashamdonovan

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 6
Awards
  • Winner, <DIV><P>Winner of the <I>Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Award, Youth Category</I></P></DIV>
Editorial Reviews

Highly recommended!

— American Indians in Children's Literature

Accessible to fluent readers in the late primary and intermediate grades, this book is a rich source of information and fits well with the Social Studies and Science curriculums.

— CM Review

A wonderful exploration of science and culture with many ties to curricula. A top selection for nonfiction collections.

— Ontario School Library Journal

Huson eloquently conveys the fragile interconnectedness of the natural world and the moral imperative to protect it.

— Publishers Weekly

An excellent addition to curriculums that tie scientific principles to cultural practices; the work should be embraced by libraries to help educate readers about the Gitxsan.

— Kirkus Reviews

When you live in a city, you tend to get disconnected from nature. We might see it in the park, and we might see it in our gardens, but we don't connect it all in our minds. And this might be the problem with why so many people do not get that we really are interconnected.
This lovely, lush, beautifully illustrated picture book uses the example of the Sockeye salmon to explain how important it is to the existence of all life around it, not just the people, Gitxsan, of the Xsan (or River of Mists or the Colonial name of Skeena River).
We learn the life's path of the Miso'o or the sockeye, from fry (their earliest form post egg) to their final breeding form, as the months change, and the different moons signal different things in the life of the fish.
This is a wonderful way to introduce children, and probably some adults, to just how important a small little fish can be, and why it is important to the Gitxsan rely on it.

— NetGalley

Accessible to fluent readers in the late primary and intermediate grades, this book is a rich source of information and fits well with the Social Studies and Science curriculum.

— Canadian Teacher Magazine

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