FICTION:At the turn of the twentieth century in Canada, Consuela can recognize which wagon is coming down her street by the sound made by the horses' feet, whether it is the milk wagon that goes "clip-clop-clink" or the iceman's Clydesdale going "clip-clipclop."
Two ancient and popular Acadian winter celebrations.The first is known as Chandeleur (Candlemas) and takes place on February 2.The second, called Mi-Carme, is celebrated a few weeks later in the middle of Lent. (adult - info maybe useful for teachers)
Winter Moon Song – written by Martha Brooks and illustrated by Leticia Ruifernández. Have you ever seen the rabbit-in-the-moon? Folktales from many cultures explain how the rabbit came to be there. When award-winning novelist Martha Brooks heard one such tale, she was inspired to write her own lovely story about a little rabbit who finds a special way to brighten the darkest month of the year.
FICTION:Living on the western Canadian prairie in the nineteenth century, Sweetgrass, a fifteen-year-old Blackfoot Indian girl, saves her family from a smallpox epidemic and proves her maturity to her father.
Under the Spell of the Moon – written by Patricia Aldana. In this lavish tribute to the art of children's book illustration thirty-three of the world's most noted illustrators have created original works of art based on a favorite childhood text. They have donated the use of their art exclusively for this book so that a royalty on all sales can be given to the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).
A young First Nations boy is preparing for his first pow-wow and his Nokum, his beloved grandmother, guides him through the events of the day, helping him to understand what the singing and dancing are about.