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Dad, Is It Time to Gather Mint?

Celebrating the Seasons

By Tyna Legault Taylor
Illustrated by Michelle Dao
Series: Joshua Learns From the Land
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Children's Fiction, Indigenous, Seasons
Big Ideas: Contemporary Setting, Land-Based or Place-Based Learning, Aspects of Indigenous Cultures, Traditional Foods, Traditional Clothing, Traditional Medicine, STEM, Seasonal Cycles, Plants

Interest Age: 3–5
Grade: p–k
Hardcover : 9781774921227, 36 pages, May 2025
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781774921234, 32 pages, June 2025
Expected to ship: 2025-05-06
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Join five-year-old Joshua as his father teaches him about traditional food harvesting in the summer.


Learn about the rhythms of the seasons with Joshua in this soothing read-aloud story for ages 3 to 5.

Joshua loves being on the land. He loves to learn about plants and animals from his family. He loves to fish, to hunt, and to gather with the members of his family. And more than anything, Joshua loves mint. When the weather is warm, Joshua and his dad gather mint from the shores of Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek (Lake Nipigon First Nation) in northeastern Ontario. But when will that be? It’s not the time if the leaves are changing colour. It’s not the time when the snow falls from the sky. It’s not the time when the flowers are budding. When is it time to gather mint from the land?

In the back of the book, find a glossary and pronunciation guide for the Swampy Cree and Ojibwe words featured throughout the story.