"Flett brilliantly brings this classic song by Buffy Sainte-Marie to life in a picture book that celebrates both the Cree worldview and the ties that bind us to the people and places most important to us."
—Jeffrey Canton, The Globe & Mail
"Flett’s signature style—with its nature-evoking colors, simple, sweeping lines, and expansive composition….suggests movement into limitless space and time…. Gorgeous."
—Horn Book STARRED ★Review
"This ode to Indigenous culture and the deeply rooted experience of reservation life speaks to the experience of holding a place dear throughout life's seasons…..hinting at a love for and connection to home that "goes on and on"….Encourages readers to think about the people and places you love most in your own life."
—Publishers Weekly STARRED ★ Review
“Perfect for bedtime reading... [An] excellent option... for parents looking for something to read with their young children, and especially those looking for books by Indigenous authors.”—Quill & Quire
"A love letter to family, home, and Indigenous traditions."—Kirkus STARRED Review
“A heartfelt ode to finding meaning in traditions and the ways love and memories can endure.”—Booklist Review
“Highly recommended. If Still This Love Goes On is not on your must-buy list yet, put it there right now. Better yet, order it, right now! …A magnificent gift to us all."—American Indians in Children’s Literature
“Beautiful…celebrates familial love and nature….gorgeous and joyous….would make a lovely gift to a new parent.” —Book Riot
Praise for We All Play written and illustrated by Julie Flett"The Cree-Métis Flett pairs rhythmic alliterative verse about animals at play with repeating silhouettes of frolicking children to celebrate our interconnectedness."—The New York Times
“Lively and beautifully illustrated.”—Horn Book STARRED REVIEW
“Cree-Métis artist Flett starts with quiet, elegant portraits of animals….In spare compositions, [she] aptly underlines [the kinship between animals and people] by showing animals and humans embracing play in similar ways.”—Publishers Weekly STARRED Review
“Everyone loves to play! Award-winning author/illustrator Flett shares the joyful antics of young animals as they romp in much the same way as human children. Simple text and bold, graphic illustrations celebrate our interconnection with the creatures who share our world.”—Kirkus STARRED Review
Praise for Birdsong written and illustrated by Julie Flett
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“Flett's simple story explores the difficulties of moving but also shows young readers how new friends can sometimes ease them; that this friendship is an intergenerational one between fellow artists is an especially sweet touch … Emotionally stunning.”—Kirkus STARRED Review
"Simple and profound, this tender story is a reminder that finding a new friend can make a new place feel like home. Highly recommended for purchase."—School Library Journal STARRED Review
"Flett’s subtle, sensitive story delicately traces filaments of growth and loss through intergenerational friendship, art making, and changing moons and seasons. Cree-Métis words (defined in a small glossary) add an intimate layer of identity to the child’s lustrous narration, which shines against the spare beauty of rich illustrations by Flett (who is Cree-Métis)"—Publishers Weekly STARRED Review
A love letter to family, home, and Indigenous traditions.
Cree singer/songwriter Sainte-Marie offers a glimpse of her people, their land, and their traditions in this picture book based on the lyrics to one of her songs. Through the eyes of a young child, the book brings to life the cold winter days, the awe of looking up at the nighttime sky, the freedom of running through fields of fragrant summer flowers, the delight of children who dance and sing, and the changing of the seasons. Most of all, with the refrain “Still this love goes on,” the story reminds readers of the joy we experience upon returning to those whom we love and who love us. The soothing cadence of the words, along with heartwarming illustrations by Flett, conjures up images, smells, sounds, and touch as silhouetted buffalo race across the plains and a child with eyes closed smells the burning of sweetgrass. Both the words and the bold artwork, rendered in pencil and pastel and composed digitally, evoke emotional memories of friends and family and of the place we call home. Flat colors contrast with intricate textures, making for an immersive experience. Readers will want to celebrate their own family stories with their children and share knowledge to be passed on. (This book was reviewed digitally.)
This story will remain in readers’ hearts long after this book is shelved. (sheet music, author’s note) (Picture book. 3-7)