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Children's Fiction Bedtime & Dreams

This Land Is a Lullaby / cistomâwasowin ôma askiy

by (author) Tonya Simpson

illustrated by Delreé Dumont

translated by Dorothy Thunder

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2024
Bedtime & Dreams, General, Native Canadian
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2024
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    Sep 2024
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
  • Reading age: 3 to 5


As daylight fades to dusk and slips into darkness, this gentle lullaby celebrates the sounds of the Prairies and Plains on a stormy summer's night.

From the hum of dragonflies to the drumming of thunder, with grasses swirling and the Northern Lights glimmering, This Land Is a Lullaby / cistomâwasowin ôma askiy shares a song and dance—a gift from the ancestors that soothes children to sleep and reminds them of their deeply rooted connections to the land.

Written as a lullaby for the author's daughter and featuring striking pointillism artwork, this lush lullaby of the land honors the beauty of the Prairies and Plains and the spiritual connection between Indigenous children, ancestors and their Traditional Territories.

This bilingual book includes full text in both English and Plains Cree.

About the authors

nêhiyâwiw êkwa Scotiwiw Tonya Simpson, paskwâwiyinînâhk ohtaskânêsiw. kî-masinahikêw mîna kâkikê kîkinaw. mêkwâc ê-wâh-ohpikihât ocawâsimisa mîmîw sâkahikanihk, Westerose, Alberta.

Tonya Simpson is of Scottish and Cree ancestry. She is a member of Pasqua First Nation and was born and raised in central Alberta. Tonya completed the MA program in anthropology at the University of Alberta and now works as a research assistant. Her first picture book Forever Our Home introduces readers to the animals and plants of the Prairies and the Plains. Tonya lives with her family at Pigeon Lake in Westerose, Alberta.

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Delrée Dumont (wâpisiki-kihêw iskwêw) wîhcêkaskosîwi-sâkahikanihk ohtaskânêsiw. otâpasinahikêw awa, pwâtisimow êkwa. Delrée ê-wâh-ohpikihât Revelstoke, British Columbia cîki.

Delreé Dumont

(Wâpiski Kihéw Esquao / White Eagle Woman) is a proud member of Onion Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan. She paints in the pointillism style, infusing her depictions of the natural world with her teachings and experiences as an Indigenous woman. She also creates smudge fans, dreamcatchers and pine needle baskets, and she is a traditional powwow dancer. Delreé lives and works at her home studio near Revelstoke, British Columbia.

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Dorothy Thunder paskwâwinîmowin nêhiyawiskwêw Little Pine First Nation, Saskatchewan. kiskinohamâkew nêhiyawêwin anita University of Alberta.

Dorothy Thunder is a Plains Cree (nêhiyawiskwêw) from Little Pine First Nation, Saskatchewan and full-time Cree instructor in Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.

Dorothy Thunder's profile page

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