Monday, August 21, 2017

"Nimoshom And His Bus" - a bookwrap

Cree /ˈkriː/ (also known as Cree–Montagnais–Naskapi) is a dialect continuum of Algonquian languages spoken by approximately 117,000 people across Canada, from the Northwest Territories and Alberta to Labrador. If classified as one language, it is the aboriginal language with the highest number of speakers in Canada.


"Nimoshom And His Bus"

Authored by Penny M. Thomas
Illustrated by Karen Hibbard

Age Range:  4-8
Grade Level:  K-4

Unwrapping some illustrations for you to enjoy

About the book

Nimoshom, whose name means grandfather in Cree, is a dedicated and personable bus driver.  All the kids love him and the feeling towards them is mutual.  His daily routines are highlighted and enriched by his beautiful Cree language.  The kids listen up and in so doing they learn Nimoshom's words as he tells silly stories and banters back and forth with his happy captive riders.  

The illustrations look muted and are full of emotion and action.  At the end of the book is a glossary of Cree words used within.  This story documents a man who has a very special relationship with the students and daily interacts feeding them his wonderful language.  I would recommend any classroom or school library to get a copy for their shelves and I look forward to more books like this one being published.  

Storywraps Rating - 4 HUGS!!!!

About the author 

Penny M. Thomas, of Cree-Ojibway background, believes in approaching healing from all directions, with storytelling key to this purpose. She is an advocate for First Nations people and works in the field of psychology and therapy.

About the illustrator

Karen Hibbard is a free-lance illustrator and draws on a long career as a visual artist. Karen has illustrated picture books for Planète rebelle (Montréal) and Annick Press (Toronto), as well as several activity books for youth with Éditions Mango on behalf of the Musée d'Orsay. Karen is currently teaching art at the University of Victoria and Emily Carr University of Art + Design and previously taught at the University of Manitoba's School of Art.

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