Returning to the Yakoun River

  • Illustrated By: Janine Gibbons
  • Pages:40
  • Publisher:Portage & Main Press
  • Themes:fishing, native american childrens lit, canadian literature, elders, haida gwaii
  • Pub Date:09/06/2022
  • Lexile:840L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:R

Based on author Sara Florence Davidson’s childhood memories, this illustrated story captures the joy and adventure of a Haida fish camp.

Every summer, a Haida girl and her family travel up the Yakoun River on Haida Gwaii, following the salmon. While their father fishes, the girl and her brother spend their time on the land playing and learning from Tsinii (Grandfather).

Among The Beat's A Small Press Spotlight

– Comicsbeat

When author Sara Florence Davidson was growing up, much of her love for storytelling was inspired by her father, renowned carver and artist Robert Davidson. Enter Returning to the Yakoun River and Dancing With Our Ancestors, written by Sara and Robert.

– Windspeaker

Among CBC Books 40 Canadian picture books to watch for in fall 2022

– CBC Books

Each of the four books documents a different day in the authors’ lives, including learning to carve argillite and fishing on the Yakoun River. Along the way, they immerse the reader in an Indigenous approach to teaching and learning. The collection really honours the people in the stories.

– Vancouver Sun

Among American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) Best Books 2022

– American Indians in Children's Literature