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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

Where Did You Get Your Moccasins?

by (author) Bernelda Wheeler

illustrated by Herman Bekkering

Portage & Main Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2016
Native Canadian, Clothing & Dress, New Experience, Diversity & Multicultural
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2016
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2016
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2019
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k


When a boy wears his new moccasins to a city school, his classmates want to know all about them. As the boy answers his classmate’s questions, readers learn who Kookum is, where leather comes from, and how leather is traditionally prepared for moccasins. But where did the beads come from?

Share this book with beginning readers to practise the important pre-reading concepts of rhythm and repetition.

About the authors

Bernelda Wheeler (1937–2005) was an author, poet, journalist, actor, broadcaster and social activist, perhaps best known for her work on CBC Radio’s “Our Native Land.” For her pioneering work in media and literary circles, she was awarded the Order of Canada (1991) and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anskohk Aboriginal Literacy Festival (2005). Her children’s books explore the importance of relationships to the land, as well as traditional Indigenous knowledge passed from generation to generation.

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Herman Bekkering is a freelance illustrator from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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