The First Day
A Story of Courage
In this story, early readers will learn about courage from a young boy facing his first day at a new school with help from his mom.
Makwa has to go to a new school . .. and he doesn't want to go. How will he face his first day?
The First Day is one book in The Seven Teachings Stories series. The Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe—love, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, honesty, and truth—are revealed in these seven stories for children. Set in an urban landscape with Indigenous children as the central characters, these stories about home and family will look familiar to all young readers.
A pronunciation guide for the Anishnaabemowin words can be found at the back of the book.
Katherena Vermette’s The Seven Teachings Stories series is a collection of books that holds all the qualities children’s literature can have; her tales are educational, joyous, vivid, and have an irresistible cadence. But the stories have something more. Rich in culture and traditional knowledge, Katherena’s series addresses important topics—such as the residential school system—with the very teachings the series embodies: love, respect, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility, and truth.David A. Robertson, author When We Were Alone