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Siha Tooskin Knows the Offering of Tobacco

By Charlene Bearhead & Wilson Bearhead
Illustrated by Chloe Bluebird Mustooch
Categories: Children's Fiction, Indigenous, Values & Virtues, School & Education, Boys & Men
Series: Siha Tooskin Knows
Imprint: HighWater Press

Interest Age: 9–11
Grade: 3–5
Reading Level: Lexile 870L
Paperback : 9781553798460, 24 pages, May 2020
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553798477, 24 pages, May 2020
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553798484, 24 pages, May 2020

We can learn many things from the stars, the plants, the animals, and Ena Makoochay (Mother Earth) herself. But how do we show gratitude for the gifts we receive?

Description

Paul Wahasaypa—Siha Tooskin—knows that whether we are taking berries or plants from the earth or knowledge from a learned person it is so important to offer a gift back to show honour and appreciation. Join Paul and his teacher Mrs. Baxter to find out what they discover about the protocol of offering the tobacco plant.  

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

Reviews

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)

#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