Byron through the Seasons

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This Dene-English story book was produced by the students and teachers of Ducharme Elementary School in La Loche, Saskatchewan, with assistance from local advisors and elders. Together, they wrote the story, translated it, and worked on the pictures.

Their goal was to highlight some aspects of Dene ...

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Overview

This Dene-English story book was produced by the students and teachers of Ducharme Elementary School in La Loche, Saskatchewan, with assistance from local advisors and elders. Together, they wrote the story, translated it, and worked on the pictures.

Their goal was to highlight some aspects of Dene culture that were vital in the past and are still important today. They wanted to show the continuity of a genuine and successful way of life, and emphasize culturally-significant events and attitudes.

To produce the book, over 400 hundred students provided ideas for the story line and art samples for the illustrations. Two hundred letters went out to the community families, asking for ideas and information with regard to story content. A dozen elders were consulted to provide accurate and culturally-correct information. A teacher committee of six worked on the project for two years.

Byron Through the Seasons is a story told by Grandfather Jonas and imagined by his grandson, Byron. The balloon diagram in each picture represents the symbolic journey taken by Byron as he listens to stories of what Dene life is like during the four seasons of the year.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
With text in English and Chipeywan, this book was produced by students and teachers aiming to showcase aspects of the Dene culture of native Canada. A simple story line and children's art combine to create images of a contemporary people claiming an ancient heritage. A balloon motif carried through the illustrations is symbolic of Byron's own journey as he hears grandfather Jonas talk of the old times and the old ways, seeing beauty and order in the changing seasons. Yes, it's a book produced by committee, but that committee includes kids. So while Byron might not be a literary model for a picture book, it's a lovely example of what a community can do when it sets its energies to a task. 1990, Fifth House Limited, Ages 6 to 9, $7.95. Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781895618334
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/15/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.16 (d)

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