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Jigging for Halibut With Tsinii

By Sara Florence Davidson & Robert Davidson
Illustrated by Janine Gibbons
Categories: Children's Fiction, Native Canadian, Camping & Outdoor Activities, Multigenerational, School & Education
Series: Sk'ad'a Stories Series
Imprint: HighWater Press

Interest Age: 6–8
Grade: 2–5
Reading Level: Lexile AD660L
Hardcover : 9781553799818, 40 pages, September 2021
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553799825, 40 pages, October 2021
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553799832, 40 pages, October 2021
Expected to ship: 2021-09-27
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Based on Haida artist Robert Davidson's own experiences with Tsinii (his grandfather), this beautiful story highlights intergenerational knowledge and authentic learning experiences.

Off the northern tip of Haida Gwaii, a boy goes fishing with his tsinii, his grandfather. As they watch the weather, jig for halibut, and row with the tides, there’s more to learn from Tsinii than how to catch a fish.

Written by the creators of Potlatch as Pedagogy, this book brings the Haida Sk'ad'a Principles to life through the art of Janine Gibbons.


My father said once that we cannot forget the importance of Elders. He was worried that we don’t respect them like we used to, and wanted that to change. This book is a love letter to Elders, who are our doorway to the past, to the traditions, languages, and ways of living that give us not just identity, but life. It is at once poetic and calming, in both its words and illustrations, and gifts knowledge to us from those that have been entrusted with it.

- David A. Robertson, Governor General's Award-winning author

I love this story! Beautifully illustrated. Beautifully told.

- Katherena Vermette, The Girl and the Wolf

Sara and Robert Davidson share a beautiful and tenderly written story that takes readers out for a day on the ocean with Robert and Tsinii (his grandpa).  We are introduced to gaffs and jigging, the movements of the tides and skies, and the importance of traditional harvesting. Janine Gibbons’s artwork poetically captures the coastal atmosphere, and the love and care between grandson and grandfather. Absolutely stunning.

- Julie Flett, author/illustrator Birdsong