Mingan My Village: Poems by Innu school children

Mingan My Village: Poems by Innu school children

by Fitzhenry & Whiteside
     
 

"While descending the Kuakuapishish River
I am transformed into a butterfly
With my new wings, like a wolf I cry
When night falls"
— Cynthia

Illustrator Rogé visited a school in Mingan, an Innu village in northeastern Québec. He spent a few days taking the time to photograph each

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"While descending the Kuakuapishish River
I am transformed into a butterfly
With my new wings, like a wolf I cry
When night falls"
— Cynthia

Illustrator Rogé visited a school in Mingan, an Innu village in northeastern Québec. He spent a few days taking the time to photograph each child. Once he returned home to his studio, brush in hand, he revisited the eyes of these children and drew their portraits.

Mingan, my Village is a collection of fifteen faces, and fifteen poems written by young Innu. Given a platform to be heard, the children chose to transport readers far away from the difficulties and problems related to their realities to see the beauty that surrounds them in nature.

First published in 2012 Mingan my village has won several awards and nominations, including:

  • Winner, 2013 Prix des libraires du Québec jeunesse (5-11 years category)
  • 2013 Governor General's Award, French Children's Illustration finalist
  • Finalist, Prix TD de Littérature Canadienne pour L'enfance et la Jeunesse 2013

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Mingan, My Village is a beautiful collection of poetry created by Innu children of the Teueikan school in Mingan, Québec. The compilation includes 15 poems and 15 portraits that reveal a glimpse into the lives of the poets. Their poetry often focuses on local values, including relationships with nature and connections with the ancestors. The children skilfully integrate elements of imagery, metaphor, and simile, filling each page with emotion and meaning. . . Mingan, My Village offers a heartfelt glimpse into the lives of the Innu children. The poetry is inspired and supported by a range of artists, and Rogé's art work masterfully complements the poets.
Highly Recommended."
CM Magazine
School Library Journal
08/01/2014
Gr 5 Up—The poems in these two collections offer insights into two strikingly different worlds. The selections in Haiti describe lush greenery, ripe mangos, and the natural beauty of a tropical paradise. The gorgeous scenery is a strong variation of the depictions of Haiti often seen in American media, although it is important to note that these poems were written before the devastating earthquake of 2010. The tone is pensive and reverent toward the beautiful island, and while pieces some do touch on the issue of poverty, the teens define their nation by their respect for all that their homeland offers. Mingan offers readers a look at the lives of young people in an Innu village in Quebec. While these poems pay much respect to the natural world, they also express the importance of reverence toward one's elders and strong family bonds. Use of native Innu words also makes these selections interesting and will spark readers' curiosity about their meanings. Rogé's beautiful, full-page portraits feature young people who all seem interested, engaged, and pensive, which reflects well on their work. Both volumes are insightful and could pair nicely with units about either culture, although they might be a hard sell as pleasure reads. —Ellen Norton, White Oak Library District, Crest Hill, IL

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781927083246
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
03/30/2014
Pages:
42
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
NP (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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