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Muskrat Will Be Swimming
     

Muskrat Will Be Swimming

by Robert Hynes, Cheryl Savageau
 
*Notable Books For Children - Smithsonian**Skipping Stones Book Award for Exceptional Multicultural and Nature/Ecology Books**Wordcraft Circle Writer of the Year (Prose - Children's Literature)**Wordcraft Circle Mentor of the Year*Although Jeannie loves her lakeside neighborhood, her feelings are hurt by her schoolmates who live in fancier homes and call her a Lake

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*Notable Books For Children - Smithsonian**Skipping Stones Book Award for Exceptional Multicultural and Nature/Ecology Books**Wordcraft Circle Writer of the Year (Prose - Children's Literature)**Wordcraft Circle Mentor of the Year*Although Jeannie loves her lakeside neighborhood, her feelings are hurt by her schoolmates who live in fancier homes and call her a Lake Rat.When she confides her troubles to her grandfather, he tells her about his own childhood experiences with teasing. As the story unfolds, the grandfather shares a traditional Seneca story that helps Jeannie to find strength in her Native identity and a new appreciation for the different roles that animals play in nature. This is a quiet book that celebrates family and place and the teachings of Native people. Muskrat Will Be Swimming is based on a real incident in Cheryl Savageau's life.Muskrat Will Be Swimming will help inspire classroom conversations about:Teasing and bullyingStorytelling traditions and customs in Native and non-Native familiesThe Seneca creation story and creation stories in generalTraditions of the Sky Woman in Native storiesContemporary Native American families and building connections to tribal identityNative identity and mixed-blood ancestrySignificance of dreams in Native cultureThe role of animals as teachers in Abenaki cultureAnimals of the forestThe Abenaki view towards the natural environmentThe value of experiences in the natural world for children's growth

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Booklist
“The delicate artwork, done in acrylics and colored pencils, has an appealing,
luminous quality. A handsome picture book that makes its statement quietly and effectively.”
Joseph Bruchac
“One of my favorite books for young readers, not just for the beautiful illustrations but for its poetic,
memorable text. No children’s writer I know has done a better job of putting our traditions into the context of modern times while also dealing with the issue of mixed-blood ancestry in a way that is both honest and heart-lifting.”
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The kids in school unkindly call the kids who live by the water "Lake Rats." Jeannie is upset, because she loves the lake and all of the surrounding wildlife. Grandpa tells her a traditional Haudenonsaunee creation story about Skywoman and the bravery of a little muskrat. Jeannie realizes that her heritage, the lake, and her family are important. She is proud to be a Native American who can appreciate all of these things. Realistic and fanciful watercolor illustrations by Hynes in a variety of sizes show readers what Jeannie is seeing and feeling.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6This exquisite, multifaceted tribute to the power of story incorporates issues of cultural diversity, empathy, the environment, andmost universallyintergenerational guidance and love. A Native American girl is ostracized because she lives in "shanty town," a collection of trailers and abandoned vacation cottages along the lake. Jeannie and the other children from her neighborhood have been labeled "Lake Rats." At first, she tries to tell her classmates of the pleasures of nature she regularly experiences. After enough taunting, she decides to keep her feelings to herself. It is the gentle guidance of her grandfather that finally brings Jeannie from shame to appreciation. He leads the child to consider muskrats, the real "lake rats," in a new light. After a vivid dream, Jeannie performs a fitting ritual that establishes her own oneness with the lake and provides her with a newfound sense of well being. Hynes is equally adept at capturing human emotions and the beauty of nature. Full- and half-page illustrations are arranged with an eye-catching use of white space. An interesting note describes the role of stories in Native American cultures, recommends additional reading, and adds more information about muskrats. A unique book with an important message.Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780884482802
Publisher:
Tilbury House Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,280,057
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Abenaki poet, Cheryl Savageau has been awarded Fellowships in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists
Foundation, and three residencies at the MacDowell Colony. Her second book of poetry, Dirt Road Home, was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry
Prize. She was awarded Mentor of the Year by Wordcraft Circle of Native
Writers and Storytellers, as well as Writer of the Year for her children's book, Muskrat Will Be Swimming. Savageau also works as a textile artist. Her quilts have recently been exhibited at the
University of New Hampshire in Durham.

After graduating from University of Maryland (B.A. and M.F.A.) he was asked by the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., to paint the murals for its bicentennial celebration; these paintings launched his career.Robert lives in Rockville, Maryland, next to a stream and is often visited by deer, turtles, beaver and muskrats.

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