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Powwow Counting in Cree

By Penny M. Thomas
Illustrated by Melinda Josie
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Children's Fiction, Indigenous, Counting & Numbers, Dance
Big Ideas: Aspects of Indigenous Cultures, Powwow, Contemporary Setting, STEM, Numbers to 10
Cultures & Peoples: Cree
Indigenous Languages: Cree

Interest Age: 3–5
Grade: p–k
Reading Level: Fountas & Pinnell H, Lexile® Framework for Reading: 370L
Hardcover : 9781553793922, 24 pages, August 2013
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553795971, 24 pages, September 2015

Learn how to count to ten in Cree through the sights and sounds of a powwow.


This unique counting book introduces children to numbers one to ten in Cree. Discover vibrant illustrations on every page that reflect the rich culture and traditions of the Cree people. Through rhyme, rhythm, and powwow imagery, this book makes language learning a joyful experience for young readers.

A pronunciation guide is included in the back of the book.

Approved resource for Manitoba classrooms.


  • Winner, McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award 2014
  • Short-listed, OLA's First Nations Communities READ 2014


Selected for Best Books for Kids & Teens

The Canadian Children's Book Centre


Julie Flett

Highly Recommended.

CM Association