________________ CM . . . . Volume XVI Number 22 . . . . February 12, 2010


Come and Learn With Me : Éwo, séh Kedidih. (This Land is Our Storybook).

Sheyenne Jumbo & Mindy Willett. Photographs by Tessa Macintosh.
Markham, ON: Fifth House, 2010.
32 pp., hardcover, $16.95.
ISBN 978-1-897252-57-4.

Subject Headings:
Jumbo, Sheyenne-Juvenile literature.
Sambaa, K'e Dene Band-Juvenile literature.
Harvesting-Northwest Territories-Juvenile literature.
Autumn-Northwest Territories-Juvenile literature.
Trout Lake (N.W.T.)-Biography-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-7 / Ages 10-12.

Review by Dana L. Coates.

**** /4


My town is named after the lake we live on. There are lots of trout in our lake, and they can get really, really big.Many tourists come here to fish. We have a lodge on our lake, too.

I can't remember the first time I caught a fish, but that last time I caught one I almost lost it because it was too strong. It was big. My grandpa David helped me reel it in and scoop it with the net.

We often make dried fish with all the fish we catch so we can store the fish for a long time. It's yummy with salt and pepper.

Come and Learn With Me is the fourth book in the series, "The Land is our Storybook." The book is written from the point of view of nine-year-old Sheyenne who is living in Canada's north. Mindy Willett and Sheyenne Jumbo are the authors while Tessa Macintosh took the beautiful photographs. Sheyenne loves to read, but she also has the gift of telling stories. She won the "Canada Writes to Read" contest with her story, "The Giant Who Formed Trout Lake," which is in the book.

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     Sheyenne is from a small Dene community in Trout Lake, North West Territories. Readers can learn about diverse activities during harvest time, such as preparing moose meat and the hide, making birch bark containers, gathering plant medicine, singing songs, and telling stories. The whole community pitches in, from the young to the elderly. Sheyenne leads an enjoyable journey as she shows readers her community of teachers - her family - while she learns about her language and culture.

     The nonfiction book is colorful with rich, brilliant photographs and maps. Well-organized, the book includes a closing section of translated Dene words, Dene laws, and explanations. Also, there are directions on how to make a paper berry basket.

     Intriguing facts are contained within this book, making it a valuable resource for in classrooms, libraries, and homes. Come and Learn With Me can be used with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal readers to learn about Trout Lake's daily life during the fall moose season. This book will help preserve and keep the Dene Yatie (used to be known as South Slavey) group's language and culture alive. It is an innovative teaching tool and a "must have" to read.

Highly Recommended.

Dana L. Coates is a grade 6 teacher in Norway House, MB.

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