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The Scout

Tommy Prince

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

Categories: Children's Fiction, Historical, Prejudice & Racism, Indigenous, Military & Wars
Big Ideas: Authentic Indigenous History, Indigenous Veterans, Social Emotional Learning, Courage, Social Justice, Prejudice and Racism
Cultures & Peoples: Anishinaabeg, Ojibwe (Ojibway)

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–6
Reading Level: Lexile® Framework for Reading: 580L
Paperback : 9781553794783, 30 pages, March 2014
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553794875, 32 pages, March 2014
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553794882, 32 pages, March 2014
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A search down a wooded path for a well-hit baseball turns into an encounter between Pamela and a veteran soldier standing in front of a monument. The statue commemorates the heroism of Sgt. Tommy Prince, the most decorated Aboriginal soldier in Canada. Pamela is curious, and the veteran is happy to regale her with the story of the expert marksman and tracker, renowned for his daring and bravery in World War II and the Korean War.

The Scout 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.


The Scout: Tommy Prince is a wonderfully illustrated full-colour graphic novel that through images and words, portrays the emotions and experiences of Tommy Prince. Its impact on young readers, including university students, provides grounds for discussion and an engaging visual connection to human experience. It is a definite must-read, that is both accessible and engaging while offering a lesson about the past and engaging with the present. As part of a larger series called, Tales From the Big Spirit, that highlight the lives of other important Indigenous people, The Scout: Tommy Prince, ably brings an important Anishinaabe hero from Brokenhead First Nation to the fore.

Karl Hele, Anishinabek News

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