Be a Good Ancestor

  • Illustrated By: Carla Joseph
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:Indigenous, call to action, responsibility, future generations, living ancestors
  • Available:05/17/2022
  • Lexile:NP
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:N
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Rooted in Indigenous teachings, this stunning picture book encourages readers of all ages to consider the ways in which they live in connection to the world around them and to think deeply about their behaviors.

Addressing environmental issues, animal welfare, self-esteem and self-respect, and the importance of community, the authors deliver a poignant and universal message in an accessible way: Be a good ancestor to the world around you. Thought-provoking stanzas offer a call to action for each one of us to consider how we affect future generations. Every decision we make ripples out, and we can affect the world around us by thinking deeply about those decisions.

“A beautiful call to action…A perfect read for teaching about empathy and demonstrating the ways we are all connected. Highly Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“So much to look at and discuss. In this short book the authors have helped readers begin to think about answers to the question: “How do you live now to help future generations?”…Will surely find a place in classrooms and libraries, especially as talk turns to Earth Day later this spring. Recommended.”
– School Library Connection
“A profound reminder, both in story and illustrations, of the beauty and potential that lies within each and every one of us.”
– Monique Gray Smith, award-winning author of My Heart Fills With Happiness
“A perfect read-aloud for introducing the importance of caring for the earth.”
– Booklist
“The message by authors Leona Prince and Gabrielle Prince to ‘be a good ancestor’ is a deceptively simple and poignant one…These wise words are accompanied by breathtaking illustrations…A book for readers of all ages.”
– Vancouver Writers Fest
“A stunning, holistic body of work (both text and art) which is grounded in the teachings of many Indigenous Nation's worldviews...Highly recommended for home, school and public libraries."
– Canadian Children's Book News
Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award   | 2023  |  Nominated
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens   | 2022  |  Commended
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards - Children’s Picture Book   | 2023  |  Nominated
International Board on Books for young People (IBBY) Canada- From Sea to Sea to Sea: Celebrating Indigenous Picture Books   | 2023  |  Commended