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Nokum is my teacher /
by David Bouchard ; paintings by Allen Sapp ; singing and drumming by Northern Cree.
imprint
Calgary, Alta. : Red Deer Press, c2006.
description
[32] p. : ill. + sound disc (4 3/4 in.)
ISBN
0889953678 (Cloth), 9780889953673 (Cloth)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Calgary, Alta. : Red Deer Press, c2006.
isbn
0889953678 (Cloth)
9780889953673 (Cloth)
general note
Sound CD includes reading by the author in English and Cree, with singing and drumming by Northern Cree.
abstract
In a dialogue with his grandmother, an aboriginal boy asks why he should learn to read, and learns how this skill can be combined with, and enhance, his knowledge of his people.
language note
Dual language item; parallel text in English and Cree.
catalogue key
6066889
A Look Inside
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Alberta Children's Book of the Year, CAN, 2007 : Nominated
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Illustrated with Cree artist Allen Sapp's very fine paintings, which beautifully animate an old way of life. . . The dialogue between the grandson and his Nokum is an interestingly enigmatic one, in part because it is unclear whether the boy is summoning up the spirit of his departed Nokum. Does she exist in the flesh or is she a treasured memory? Nokum's responses to her grandson's questions are enigmatic as well; she offers not answers so much as more questions for him to consider." -- "The Globe and Mail" "David Bouchard's "Nokum is My Teacher" is a stunning picture book for ages seven and up." -- "The Star Phoenix" (Saskatoon)
"With beautiful, thickly brushed paintings by an award-winning Cree artist, this bilingual picture book breaks with the formula of the wise elder teaching the contemporary kid to respect the old ways. Here, a boy asks Nokum (Grandma) why he has to leave the reservation to go to school and learn to read. . . The art, including close-ups and panoramic scenes of Cree life through seasons and generations, shows the heartfelt bond between the boy and his beloved mentor as well as the richness of Cree life, past and present." -- Booklist "David Bouchard is firmly established as one of Canada's finest storytellers, and he further enhances his reputation with this book. . . Bouchard skillfully captures the sense of disillusionment and irrelevance that many children attach to the task of learning to read. . . Allen Sapp's oil on canvas illustrations are richly textured and lend much to the lyrical text. Sapp is a Cree Elder, and his exterior winter scenes are especially powerful in capturing the harshness of the northern winter and in reflecting the hardiness required of a People who for centuries have survived in such challenging surroundings. . . The textual pages are divided into two columns, with the text in one column presented in English and, in the other column, in the Cree language. Even for English-only readers such as me, the presence of the Cree text adds to the appeal, authenticity and educative potential of the book. . . A bilingual English and Cree audio recording is enclosed. The Compact Disc contains a reading of the story in English, then Cree, to the accompaniment of the aboriginal drumming group, Northern Cree. . . Their participation in this collaboration caps off what represents the fruit of some of Canada's finest creative talent." Recommended. -- CM Magazine "The universal themes of validating education and receiving guidance from elder family members will resonate with elementary school-age children. The authentic Cree voice, artwork, and music, provide a taste of the native culture in a context that unites the concerns of children across time and place. This book will be well-received for the value of its story as well its celebration of the identity of one of North America's First Nations." -- Foreword Magazine "Illustrated with Cree artist Allen Sapp's very fine paintings, which beautifully animate an old way of life. . . The dialogue between the grandson and his Nokum is an interestingly enigmatic one, in part because it is unclear whether the boy is summoning up the spirit of his departed Nokum. Does she exist in the flesh or is she a treasured memory? Nokum's responses to her grandson's questions are enigmatic as well; she offers not answers so much as more questions for him to consider." -- The Globe and Mail "David Bouchard's Nokum is My Teacher is a stunning picture book." -- The Star Phoenix (Saskatoon)
"With beautiful, thickly brushed paintings by an award-winning Cree artist, this bilingual picture book breaks with the formula of the wise elder teaching the contemporary kid to respect the old ways. Here, a boy asks Nokum (Grandma) why he has to leave the reservation to go to school and learn to read. . . The art, including close-ups and panoramic scenes of Cree life through seasons and generations, shows the heartfelt bond between the boy and his beloved mentor as well as the richness of Cree life, past and present." -- Booklist"David Bouchard is firmly established as one of Canada's finest storytellers, and he further enhances his reputation with this book. . . Bouchard skillfully captures the sense of disillusionment and irrelevance that many children attach to the task of learning to read. . . Allen Sapp's oil on canvas illustrations are richly textured and lend much to the lyrical text. Sapp is a Cree Elder, and his exterior winter scenes are especially powerful in capturing the harshness of the northern winter and in reflecting the hardiness required of a People who for centuries have survived in such challenging surroundings. . . The textual pages are divided into two columns, with the text in one column presented in English and, in the other column, in the Cree language. Even for English-only readers such as me, the presence of the Cree text adds to the appeal, authenticity and educative potential of the book. . . A bilingual English and Cree audio recording is enclosed. The Compact Disc contains a reading of the story in English, then Cree, to the accompaniment of the aboriginal drumming group, Northern Cree. . . Their participation in this collaboration caps off what represents the fruit of some of Canada's finest creative talent." Recommended. -- CM Magazine"The universal themes of validating education and receiving guidance from elder family members will resonate with elementary school-age children. The authentic Cree voice, artwork, and music, provide a taste of the native culture in a context that unites the concerns of children across time and place. This book will be well-received for the value of its story as well its celebration of the identity of one of North America's First Nations." -- Foreword Magazine"Illustrated with Cree artist Allen Sapp's very fine paintings, which beautifully animate an old way of life. . . The dialogue between the grandson and his Nokum is an interestingly enigmatic one, in part because it is unclear whether the boy is summoning up the spirit of his departed Nokum. Does she exist in the flesh or is she a treasured memory? Nokum's responses to her grandson's questions are enigmatic as well; she offers not answers so much as more questions for him to consider." -- The Globe and Mail"David Bouchard's Nokum is My Teacher is a stunning picture book." -- The Star Phoenix (Saskatoon)
This item was reviewed in:
Kirkus Reviews,
Booklist, April 2007
ForeWord Magazine, June 2007
ForeWord Magazine, July 2007
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Summaries
Long Description
"Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, Semi-finalist 2007 - Multicultural Picture Book Category" CD included with book! "Will you walk with me, Grandmother? Will you talk with me a while? I'm finding life confusing And I_m looking for some answers To questions all around me At that school and on the street. You have always been here for me Will you help me learn to see?" "Nokum Is My Teacher" is the poetic story of a young aboriginal boy, posing questions to his grandmother, his "Nokum," about the wider world beyond the familiarity of their home and community. Through a series of questions, Nokum guides her grandson towards an understanding of his need to fit into and learn more about this large world beyond the reserve. Nokum offers her grandson a vision of a world he can enter through imagination and reading, while retaining respect for the ways of his people. By the conclusion of the book, the young grandson has learned many new ideas from his grandmother and discovered his own wisdom in dealing with the changes in his life. "Nokum Is My Teacher" is a delightfully packaged book and audio CD, combining the written text in English and Cree with the mesmerizing voice of author/storyteller extraordinaire David Bouchard. It is illustrated by the hauntingly beautiful artworks of Allan Sapp, Cree elder, Governor General's Award-winner, and Officer of the Order of Canada. The singing and drumming are done by Alberta's Northern Cree, who have been nominated for a Grammy Award (2007) in the 'Native American music album' category. "Nokum Is My Teacher" is also available in French/Cree text and audio as "Nokum: Ma Voix et Mon Coeur," This is the first ofa series of aboriginal books David Bouchard is developing with Red Deer Press.
Main Description
Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival Winner, Children's Book of the Year 2007 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, 2007 Bronze Medalist - Multicultural Picture Book Category Alberta Children's Book of the Year nominee 2007 Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009 CD included with book! Will you walk with me, Grandmother? Will you talk with me a while? I'm finding life confusing And I'm looking for some answers To questions all around me At that school and on the street. You have always been here for me Will you help me learn to see? Nokum Is My Teacher is the poetic story of a young aboriginal boy, posing questions to his grandmother, his "Nokum", about the wider world beyond the familiarity of their home and community. Through a series of questions, Nokum guides her grandson towards an understanding of his need to fit into and learn more about this large world beyond the reserve. Nokum offers her grandson a vision of a world he can enter through imagination and reading, while retaining respect for the ways of his people. By the conclusion of the book, the young grandson has learned many new ideas from his grandmother and discovered his own wisdom in dealing with the changes in his life. Nokum Is My Teacher is a delightfully packaged book and audio CD, combining the written text in English and Cree with the mesmerizing voice of author/storyteller extraordinaire David Bouchard. It is illustrated by the hauntingly beautiful artworks of Allan Sapp, Cree elder, Governor General's Award-winner, and Officer of the Order of Canada. The singing and drumming are done by Alberta's Northern Cree, who have been nominated for a Grammy Award (2007) in the 'Native American music album' category. Nokum Is My Teacher is also available in French/Cree text and audio as Nokum: Ma Voix et Mon Coeur. This is the first of a series of aboriginal books David Bouchard is developing with Red Deer Press.
Main Description
Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival Winner, Children's Book of the Year 2007Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, 2007 Bronze Medalist - Multicultural Picture Book CategoryAlberta Children's Book of the Year nominee 2007Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009CD included with book! Will you walk with me, Grandmother? Will you talk with me a while? I'm finding life confusing And I'm looking for some answers To questions all around me At that school and on the street. You have always been here for me Will you help me learn to see?Nokum Is My Teacheris the poetic story of a young aboriginal boy, posing questions to his grandmother, his "Nokum", about the wider world beyond the familiarity of their home and community. Through a series of questions, Nokum guides her grandson towards an understanding of his need to fit into and learn more about this large world beyond the reserve. Nokum offers her grandson a vision of a world he can enter through imagination and reading, while retaining respect for the ways of his people. By the conclusion of the book, the young grandson has learned many new ideas from his grandmother and discovered his own wisdom in dealing with the changes in his life.Nokum Is My Teacheris a delightfully packaged book and audio CD, combining the written text in English and Cree with the mesmerizing voice of author/storyteller extraordinaire David Bouchard. It is illustrated by the hauntingly beautiful artworks of Allan Sapp, Cree elder, Governor General's Award-winner, and Officer of the Order of Canada. The singing and drumming are done by Alberta's Northern Cree, who have been nominated for a Grammy Award (2007) in the 'Native American music album' category.Nokum Is My Teacheris also available in French/Cree text and audio as Nokum: Ma Voix et Mon Coeur.This is the first of a series of aboriginal books David Bouchard is developing with Red Deer Press.
Main Description
Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival Winner, Children's Book of the Year 2007Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, 2007 Bronze Medalist - Multicultural Picture Book CategoryAlberta Children's Book of the Year nominee 2007CD included with book! Will you walk with me, Grandmother? Will you talk with me a while? I'm finding life confusing And I'm looking for some answers To questions all around me At that school and on the street. You have always been here for me Will you help me learn to see?Nokum Is My Teacher is the poetic story of a young aboriginal boy, posing questions to his grandmother, his "Nokum", about the wider world beyond the familiarity of their home and community. Through a series of questions, Nokum guides her grandson towards an understanding of his need to fit into and learn more about this large world beyond the reserve. Nokum offers her grandson a vision of a world he can enter through imagination and reading, while retaining respect for the ways of his people. By the conclusion of the book, the young grandson has learned many new ideas from his grandmother and discovered his own wisdom in dealing with the changes in his life.Nokum Is My Teacher is a delightfully packaged book and audio CD, combining the written text in English and Cree with the mesmerizing voice of author/storyteller extraordinaire David Bouchard. It is illustrated by the hauntingly beautiful artworks of Allan Sapp, Cree elder, Governor General's Award-winner, and Officer of the Order of Canada. The singing and drumming are done by Alberta's Northern Cree, who have been nominated for a Grammy Award (2007) in the 'Native American music album' category.Nokum: Ma Voix et Mon Coeur is also available in English/Cree text and audio as Nokum Is My Teacher.This is the first of a series of aboriginal books David Bouchard is developing with Red Deer Press.

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