The First Day

  • Illustrated By: Irene Kuziw
  • Pages:24
  • Publisher:Portage & Main Press
  • Themes:picture books, first nations, first day of school books, indigenous childrens literature, values and virtues
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  • Pub Date:11/20/2014
  • Age Groups:Fiction Picture Book
  • Lexile:500L
Paperback
9781553795216
$9.95

Makwa has to go to a new school ... and he doesn't want to go. How will he face his first day?

The First Day is one book in The Seven Teachings Stories series. The Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe—love, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, honesty, and truth—are revealed in these seven stories for children. Set in an urban landscape with Indigenous children as the central characters, these stories about home and family will look familiar to all young readers.

A pronunciation guide for the Anishnaabemowin words can be found at the back of the book.

Katherena Vermette’s The Seven Teachings Stories series is a collection of books that holds all the qualities children’s literature can have; her tales are educational, joyous, vivid, and have an irresistible cadence. But the stories have something more. Rich in culture and traditional knowledge, Katherena’s series addresses important topics—such as the residential school system—with the very teachings the series embodies: love, respect, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility, and truth.

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