________________ CM . . . . Volume XIV Number 11 . . . . January 25, 2008

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Niwechihaw / I Help.

Caitlin Dale Nicholson with Leona Morin-Neilson.
Toronto, ON: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi, 2008.
24 pp., hardcover, $17.95.
ISBN 978-0-88899-812-5.

Subject Heading:
Cree Indians-Social life and customs-Juvenile literature.

Preschool / Ages 3-5.

Review by Min So.

*** /4

Nicholson's story is a very simple one about a young Cree boy and his grandmother, or Kohkom, who spend the day together doing similar things like getting ready to go out into nature, walking, and listening. The story is written in both Cree and English. Most of the English sentences consist of just a subject and verb, such as "Kohkom helps" and "I help."
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     The illustrations are, therefore, essential in garnering the details of the story. The acrylic-on-canvas paintings give a dream-like feel to the story, making it almost a nostalgic look at childhood. There is a bonus at the end of the book with a recipe for rosehip tea written in both Cree and English.

     One thing that I would have liked is a pronunciation key to the Cree words or perhaps an accompanying CD where a narrator reads the story in Cree so that kids who are non-Cree speakers can have the chance to appreciate the language.

Recommended.

Min So, who is currently in her last year at UBC SLAIS, is on her way to being a children's librarian!

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