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The Just Right Gift

A Story of Love

By Katherena Vermette
Illustrated by Irene Kuziw
Series: The Seven Teachings Stories
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Children's Fiction, Values & Virtues, Indigenous, Love & Romance, Multigenerational
Big Ideas: Contemporary Setting, Social Emotional Learning, Character Education, Seven Sacred Teachings
Cultures & Peoples: Anishinaabeg
Indigenous Languages: Anishinaabemowin, Words or Phrases

Interest Age: 3–5
Grade: p–k
Reading Level: Fountas & Pinnell J, Lexile® Framework for Reading: 640L
Paperback : 9781553795193, 24 pages, November 2014
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553798262, 24 pages, October 2018
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553798255, 24 pages, March 2019
Ebook (Mobi) : 9781553798279, 24 pages, October 2018
Amik Loves School (Paperback) , Kode's Quest(ion) (Paperback) , Misaabe's Stories (Paperback) , Singing Sisters (Paperback) , The First Day (Paperback) , The Just Right Gift (Paperback) , What is Truth, Betsy? (Paperback)

Follow along with Migizi as he searches for the perfect gift for his grandmother.


Migizi loves Gookom so much. He wants to let her know by giving her the perfect gift to cheer her up while she is in the hospital. The gift should be as sweet as her kisses and as warm as her smiles. He asks his family and friends for help, but none of his ideas are quite right. Can he find her the perfect gift?

In this touching story, a young boy tries to find the perfect gift to show his grandmother how much he cares about her. A pronunciation guide for the Anishnaabemowin words can be found at the back of the book.

Rich in culture and grounded in traditional knowledge, Katherena Vermette’s The Seven Teachings Stories series features themes of love, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, honesty, and truth. Contemporary Indigenous children explore the Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe through stories of home and family that will look familiar to all young readers in these books for ages 3–5.


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