7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga makes the shortlist for the Manitoba Book Awards, 2013
P&M Press is pleased to announce that 7 Generations has been nominated for Best Illustrated Book of the Year and McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award – Older Category. Congratulations to author David Alexander Robertson and illustrator Scott B. Henderson.
The awards will be presented at the Manitoba Book Awards gala, on Sunday April 28th at the West End Cultural Centre and hosted by Ismaila Alfa. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., with the ceremony beginning at 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The shortlists and recipients are selected by a variety of juries, comprised of writers, publishers, and other book industry personnel from across Canada.
We are pleased to announce that the graphic novel, Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story, is listed by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education as an approved resource for English Language Arts. Congratulations to author David Alexander Robertson and illustrator Scott B. Henderson.
5 Getting Started Tips for Using Book Trailers in Your Classroom
Book trailers are increasingly used in today’s multimedia classrooms. Book trailers are a great way to inspire students and engage reluctant readers. Similar to the purpose of a movie preview, a book trailer can activate interest in reading a book. As an example, watch the book trailer for the upcoming colour edition of 7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga.
Teachers use book trailers in their classrooms for more than a traditional book report. Trailers can be used to meet language arts/literacy curriculum goals by teaching students how to analyze and synthesize visual information. Below are 5 suggestions for using book trailers in your classroom.
Show the trailer before reading the book. This helps to create a sense of anticipation and enhances the reading experience for the reader by providing the gist of the book’s storyline.
Show the trailer following the reading of the book. This helps to provide students with a clear visual model of the literacy skill summarizing. Trailers can also provide models of other literary techniques, including foreshadowing, mood, pacing, and tone.
Build critical-thinking skills by having students compare the book to the trailer. Provide discussion questions such as; Did watching the trailer hinder or enhance the experience of reading the book?
Compare one trailer to another trailer about the same book. Generate discussion questions that students can keep in mind when analyzing, such as: What worked in the book trailer? What didn’t?
Have students create their own book trailers (great support can be found at www.booktrailersforreaders.com). Give students an opportunity to view other students’ book trailers by hosting a book trailer viewing day in the school library.
For more information about 7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga, please visit www.pandmpress.com.
7 Generations series is an ambitious and fearless undertaking
according to Girl to the Rescue, a literary blog that reviews mostly young adult literature, children’s books, graphic novels, and fantasy. In this blog, the writer points out that
the splicing of the past with the present is the most effective part of the series, where Edwin must experience a passed history by reliving it through story. For the reader, this is made clear because of the format of the graphic novel. The reader sees the seamless weaving together of past and present, which is made most explicit by frame-by-frame representations that highlight the synchronicity between the two.
Find P&M Press Illustrator Scott B. Henderson in the Artist Alley
The Comic Con Artist Alley displays works of talented local, national, and international artists, illustrators, writers, and creative people. Scott B. Henderson will be showcasing his work for P&M Press including the 7 Generations series and the upcoming Sugar Falls. You will find Scott at the Artist Alley beginning Friday, Oct. 29 continuing through to Sunday, Oct. 31. Please visit the Comic Con website for more information about this event at www.c4con.com.
… 7 Generations graphic novel series by Cree writer David Alexander Robertson has come to an end, but their effectiveness in educating Canadians and First Nations on their history is something he hopes never will. The series, which includes four books, Stone, Scars, Ends/Begins, and The Pact, follow a family dealing with lasting effects of the residential school system. “I want there to be a greater understanding and appreciation of our history and where it’s brought us,” David explained, referring to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.
McNally Robinson Booksellers, Winnipeg, lists the 7 Generations graphic novels as bestsellers in the Books for Young People category. The Pact (book 4) reaches number one and Ends/Begins(book 3) reaches number three on the list. Congratulations to author David Alexander Robinson and illustrator Scott B. Henderson!
Paper Tigers is a website, blog, and outreach program centered on multicultural young readers’ books and reading as ways of fostering empathy, understanding, and peace. In a recent blog post focusing on First Nations books, Stone, book 1 of 4 in the 7 Generations series, is featured. To read this post please click here
For more information about the 7 Generation series click here