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The Chief


By David A. Robertson
Illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
Categories: Children's Fiction, Indigenous, Historical, General, Pre-confederation (to 1867), Canada, Violence, General, Boys & Men
Series: Tales from Big Spirit
Imprint: HighWater Press

Interest Age: 9–11
Grade: 4–6
Reading Level: Lexile® Framework for Reading: 540L
Paperback : 9781553796596, 30 pages, May 2016
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553796664, 32 pages, July 2018
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553797722, 32 pages, July 2018
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On her way to school one day, Sarah is relieved to find the book she’d dropped the day before – shortly after an encounter with a bear. But when she opens it, the story within, about the Cree chief Mistahimaskwa, comes alive. It takes Sarah back to the Saskatchewan Plains of 1832, where the young boy who would become the great chief first learns the ways of his people, to the final days of his life.

The Chief is one book in the Tales from Big Spirit series. Tales from Big Spirit is a unique seven-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of seven great Indigenous heroes from Canadian history—some already well known and others who deserve to be. Designed to correspond to grades 4–6 social studies curriculums across Canada, these full colour graphic novels could be used in literature circles, novel studies, and book clubs to facilitate discussion of social studies topics. These books will help students make historical connections while promoting important literacy skills.