Nokum Is My Teacher

Nokum Is My Teacher

Kit - 2006
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Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival Winner, Children's Book of the Year 2007

Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, 2007 Bronze Medalist

- Multicultural Picture Book Category

Alberta Children's Book of the Year nominee 2007

Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009

CD included with book!

Will you walk with me, Grandmother?

Will you talk with me a while?

I'm finding life confusing

And I'm looking for some answers

To questions all around me

At that school and on the street.

You have always been here for me

Will you help me learn to see?

Nokum Is My Teacher is the poetic story of a young aboriginal boy, posing questions to his grandmother, his "Nokum", about the wider world beyond the familiarity of their home and community. Through a series of questions, Nokum guides her grandson towards an understanding of his need to fit into and learn more about this large world beyond the reserve. Nokum offers her grandson a vision of a world he can enter through imagination and reading, while retaining respect for the ways of his people. By the conclusion of the book, the young grandson has learned many new ideas from his grandmother and discovered his own wisdom in dealing with the changes in his life.

Nokum Is My Teacher is a delightfully packaged book and audio CD, combining the written text in English and Cree with the mesmerizing voice of author/storyteller extraordinaire David Bouchard. It is illustrated by the hauntingly beautiful artworks of Allan Sapp, Cree elder, Governor General's Award-winner, and Officer of the Order of Canada. The singing and drumming are done by Alberta's Northern Cree, who have been nominated for a Grammy Award (2007) in the 'Native American music album' category.

Nokum Is My Teacher is also available in French/Cree text and audio as Nokum: Ma Voix et Mon Coeur .

This is the first of a series of aboriginal books David Bouchard is developing with Red Deer Press.

Publisher: Calgary, Alberta : Red Deer Press, 2006.
ISBN: 9780889953673
0889953678
Characteristics: 2 items : 1 book + 1 sound disc
Additional Contributors: Northern Cree singers
Sapp, Allen 1929-

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