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Siha Tooskin Knows the Catcher of Dreams

By Charlene Bearhead & Wilson Bearhead
Illustrated by Chloe Bluebird Mustooch
Series: Siha Tooskin Knows
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Children's Fiction, Indigenous, New Baby, Boys & Men
Big Ideas: Aspects of Indigenous Cultures, Smudging, Dream Catcher, Spirituality and Ceremony, Traditional Foods, Contemporary Setting, Diverse and Inclusive Representation, Identity, Social Justice, Impacts of Colonization and Colonialism, Pass System in Canada, Residential Schools
Cultures & Peoples: Nakota
Indigenous Languages: Nakota, Words or Phrases

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–6
Reading Level: Fountas & Pinnell S, Lexile® Framework for Reading: 1000L
Paperback : 9781553798323, 32 pages, May 2020
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553798057, 40 pages, May 2020
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553798330, 40 pages, May 2020

Experience the excitement of a new baby and learn about dream catchers with Siha Tooskin.


A new baby due any day AND a visit from his grandparents!

Siha Tooskin (Paul) takes his expert bike riding to a whole new level to make sure he doesn't miss a thing. At home, Mugoshin (Grandmother) is creating a very special gift to protect the precious little one. Join Paul as he enjoys delicious bannock, imagines the future of a new baby sister, and listens to Mugoshin’s teachings about the catcher of dreams.

The Siha Tooskin Knows series uses vivid narratives and dazzling illustrations in contemporary settings to share stories about an 11-year-old Nakota boy.


Among The Globe and Mail's twelve children’s books that will inspire and enlighten

The Globe and Mail

Among Best Books for Kids & Teens, a starred selection of exceptional caliber

The Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC)

This series of books is awesome, I have enjoyed every single one!


#SihaTooskinKnows…, with its words and illustrations, is a love letter to our family, culture, resilience, and pride.

Tanya Talaga, journalist and author

Reconciliation is a big word, and it is a big job. Authors Wilson and Charlene Bearhead show us that even storybook characters can help when they are brought alive in authentic cultural settings. Meet Paul Wahasaypa, also known as Siha Tooskin or Little Foot, as he dances his way through these colourful pages, sharing some of the things he loves most with his new, non-Indigenous friend Jeff…his culture, his powwow dances, and even his beloved Uncle Lenard with all his teachings and teasing! More than an adventure between new friends, this is a colourful, youth-friendly, cultural exchange based on kindness, respect, and willingness to share and to learn.

Marie Wilson, Commissioner, TRC of Canada, 2009-2015

There are many reasons to love this series.  Highly Recommended.

Bit About Books

I love the sense of family we get from this book and how much importance Siha Tooskin’s grandmother places on the family unit, especially in a time where many Indigenous families are still actively being destroyed by systemic inequalities. ..The illustrations are beautiful (especially the full page ones) and the grade level for reading is somewhere around grades 3-5 but the content is also perfect for grades 7 & 8 history.


This is another lovely story filled with family love. .. I look forward to having this available in our school library and believe this series is a must for any library serving young people.