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Siha Tooskin Knows the Strength of His Hair

By Charlene Bearhead & Wilson Bearhead
Illustrated by Chloe Bluebird Mustooch
Categories: Children's Fiction, Native Canadian, Values & Virtues, Diversity & Multicultural
Series: Siha Tooskin Knows
Imprint: HighWater Press

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 3–6
Reading Level: Lexile 800L
Paperback : 9781553798378, 24 pages, May 2020
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553798385, 24 pages, May 2020
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553798392, 24 pages, May 2020

Description

Where can you find strength when someone disrespects you? And what does having strength really mean?

Paul Wahasaypa—Siha Tooskin—has learned from Ena (his mom) and Ade (his dad) to maintain a strong mind, heart, and spirit. Though starting at a new school can be hard, especially when the kids there have never experienced the values and culture of the Nakota people. Join Paul as Mitoshin (his grandfather) helps remind him how strength of character can be found in the strength of his hair.

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