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The Poet

Pauline Johnson

By David A. Robertson
Illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
Series: Tales from Big Spirit
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Children's Fiction, Historical, Girls & Women, Indigenous, Canada
Big Ideas: Aspects of Indigenous Cultures, Storytelling and Oral Culture, Authentic Indigenous History, Diverse and Inclusive Representation, Identity, Strong Female Characters
Cultures & Peoples: Kanien’kehá

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–6
Reading Level: Fountas & Pinnell W, Lexile® Framework for Reading: 590L
Paperback : 9781553794813, 30 pages, April 2014
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553794943, 32 pages, April 2014
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553794950, 32 pages, April 2014
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Although Kathy loves poetry, she is far too shy to recite it in front of her class. But the story of Pauline Johnson, renowned as the "Mohawk Princess," inspires Kathy to overcome her stage fright. Pauline, from the Grand River Reserve in Ontario, crisscrossed the country, reciting her poems to far-flung communities, making her among the most beloved literary figure of the Edwardian era.

The Poet 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.