The Frog Mother

  • Illustrated By: Natasha Donovan
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Portage & Main Press
  • Themes:animal book for kids, picture book, nonfiction, biodiversity, nature
  • Pub Date:04/27/2021
  • Age Groups:Nonfiction Ages 9-12
  • Lexile:1010L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:S

To the Gitxsan of Northwestern British Columbia, Nox Ga’naaw is a storyteller, speaking truths of the universe. After Nox Ga’naaw, the frog mother, releases her eggs among the aquatic plants of a pond, the tiny tadpoles are left to fend for themselves. As they hatch, grow legs, and transform into their adult selves, they must avoid the mouths of hungry predators. Will the young frogs survive to spawn their own eggs, continuing a cycle 200 million years in the making?

Book four of the Mothers of Xsan series follows the life cycle of the columbia spotted frog. Learn about why this species is of special significance to the Gitxsan and how Nox Ga'naaw and her offspring are essential to the balance that is life.

In his engaging book, Hetxw'ms Gyetxw enhances plain biological facts by putting them in their cultural context; for example, the Frog Mother reflects the Gitxsan Nation’s matrilineal system. Donovan provides wonderfully sinuous illustrations that deftly capture frog movement and utilize color.

– Kirkus Reviews

Among Loanstars Junior Top 10 Picks

– Loanstars

Readers are treated to an exploration of both the life cycle of frogs and, in particular, the role that frog mothers play in the lives of their offspring with the help of Donovan’s breathtaking illustrations.

– The Globe and Mail

Highly recommended. Every school library in Canada should own copies of this remarkable series. Parents will enjoy reading them with kids at home.

– Vancouver Sun

Among CBC Books 28 Canadian middle-grade books we are excited to read in spring 2021

– CBC Books

The biological and ecological knowledge is skillfully intertwined with the traditional and contemporary lives of the Gitxsan. The artwork is exemplary. It works with the text not only to illustrate but to add layers of meaning and connections.

– The Ormsby Review

Highly recommended.

– American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

Among Bank Street College of Education's The Best Children's Books of the Year (2022 edition)

– Bank Street College of Education Children's Book Committee
First Nation Communities READ   | 2022  |  Long-listed
Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher   | 2022  |  Short-listed