Tuesday, February 25, 2020

"Eagle Mother" - a bookwrap

THE EAGLE MOTHER written by Indigenous Author and HETXW’MS GYETXW (BRETT D. HUSON) with illustrations by award-winning MΓ©tis Illustrator NATASHA DONOVAN – A Feast for the eyes and the soul


* Ages:  9-12
* Grade Level: 3-7
* Series:  Mothers of Xsan ( Book 3 )
* Hardcover:  32 pages 
* Publisher:  High Water Press
* Pub. Date:  April 28, 2020
* Language:  English

Advance Praise

"The Eagle Mother by Hetxw'ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) and illustrator Natasha Donovan, the third in the Mothers of Xsan series, which offers a perspective on the life cycle of animals important to the land and to people."--Publishers Weekly

What a beautiful book. I am loving the Mothers of Xsan series from Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson). Recommended.
-- Heidi Wood, Indigenous Learning – District Instruction and Curriculum Helping Teacher

Other Titles From the Series

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You to Enjoy

The Book

A beautiful eagle mother in sequestered in her nest, in a black cottonwood, in the midst of a cold, snowy winter.  She is harbouring two precious eggs underneath her and protecting them from the icy elements. Her mate for life moves in and takes his turn to incubate their cherished treasures. Two weeks to go. 

She and her mate take turns feeding the eaglets after they hatch as life goes on below them as normal.  This is a wonderful story explaining the life cycle of eagles and how nature is connected.  The bones from the fish caught by the mother to feed her babies are cast out of the nest below to the base of cottonwood.  These bones decompose and turn the soil below into a rich compost which nourishes and encourages plant growth for the tree. 

Words that may be unfamiliar to the reader are boxed with their definitions making a great educational component to the story.  The illustrations are gorgeous and seem like portraits of each scenario that the author has penned.  This non-fiction book is available in both eBook format and hardcover.  This is the third book in the "Mothers of Xsan Series."  Other titles to come are "The Wolf Mother" and "The Frog Mother."  Learn about these gorgeous birds of prey and the traditions of the Gitxsan.  I highly recommend this book and the others in the series.  

 Storywraps Rating -  5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

Meet the Author 

Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) is from the Gitxsan Nation, an Indigenous people from an unceded territory in the Northwest Interior of British Columbia, Canada. For the past decade, Brett has worked in the film and television industry, and has volunteered for such organizations as Ka Ni Kanichihk and Indigenous Music Manitoba. Growing up in a strong matrilineal society, Brett experienced and learned about the culture, land and political landscape he was born into. From this came a passion to create and share the knowledge and stories of his people, which reflect the importance of environmental balance and a cultural knowledge that spans thousands of years.

About the Illustrator 

Natasha Donovan (she/her/hers) is a self-taught illustrator from Vancouver, British Columbia. She has a degree in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia. Before starting out as a freelance artist, she worked in publishing at the University of Victoria. Her sequential work has been published in the Other Side Anthology. Natasha is a member of the MΓ©tis Nation of British Columbia. She lives in Bellingham, Washington.

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