Written and illustrated by members of the Tahltan and Cree nations, this sweet, simple story looks at a very special relationship. A young boy goes for a walk with his kohkom, or grandmother, listening, picking, praying, eating . . . just as she does. In doing so, he begins to learn the rich cultural traditions and values of his Cree heritage. Leona Neilson's thoughtful text and Caitlin Dale Nicholson’s acrylic-on-canvas illustrations blend beautifully to show both the deep bond between the boy and his grandmother and the beauty of their world. Poetic, resonant text makes this an ideal read-aloud for young ears.
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An Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) Children's Book Award winner in 2010. This story is written in both Cree and English and illustrates Cree life and customs. The notes, dialogue, and acknowledgements at the end of the book illustrate the value of older adult in Cree culture. The dialogue notes that children should never stop learning from elders and that elders are the key to both the past and the future.