Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mwakwa Talks to the Loon by Dale Auger

Mwakwa Talks to the Loon: A Cree Story for ChildrenMwakwa Talks to the Loon: A Cree Story for Children, written and illustrated by Dale Auger, is a great book with an important lesson.  Mwakwa is a great hunter but he becomes proud of his ability and loses his skill.  He thinks he can get it back anytime but he soon realizes that he needs to humble himself and show proper respect before he can regain the skill.  The illustrations in this book are beautiful!

There are Cree words interspersed in the story and there are pronunciation guides in the back but it's a bit bothersome to skip back and forth and I still wasn't quite sure how to pronounce some of them.  I simply skipped over the Cree words and it didn't affect the story in the least, but I do still wish that we could hear the story with the Cree words included in it.  I was hoping to find a place online where you could hear how they are actually supposed to be pronounced, but I haven't come across it yet.

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  1. I appreciate your postings on children's books. Fitzhenry & Whiteside (a Canadian publisher) published 2 of my books. For the next one, I'm considering e-book or self-publishing. it's amazing how fast technology has democratized the pub. process. What beautiful illustrations (Mwakwa)...

  2. Thanks for the comment, Monica! I actually have a feature on one of your books scheduled to be posted soon.