Stand Like a Cedar

by Nicola I. Campbell | illustrated by Carrielynn Victor

Grade: for grades 1–4
SKU: 978-1-55379-921-4 Categories: ,


Pub Date: 02/23/2021
  • Hardcover
  • eBook

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When you go for a walk in nature, who do you see? What do you hear?

Award-winning storyteller Nicola I. Campbell shows what it means “to stand like a cedar” on this beautiful journey of discovery through the wilderness. Learn the names of animals in the Nłe7kepmxcín or Halq’emeylem languages as well as the teachings they have for us. Experience a celebration of sustainability and connection to the land through lyrical storytelling and Carrielynn Victor’s breathtaking art in this children’s illustrated book.

Discover new sights and sounds with every read.

Exquisitely illustrated picture book…a tender evocation of the joys of nature and family, [and] a celebration of Indigenous language. Highly recommended.
—Vancouver Sun

[An] evocative book that poetically explores how important it is for us to see ourselves as part of the land. Victor’s illustrations bring that world to life.
—The Globe and Mail

Paired with illustrations by Carrilynn Victor, Stand Like a Cedar shines brightly, in both its text and artwork.
—Quill & Quire

Stand Like a Cedar is a strong song of peoples and place. It’s emotive and instructive and begs us all to be attentive to how we interact with the land and its life.
—CanLit for LittleCanadians

Stand Like a Cedar is a work of grace and dignity, a celebration of land, family, and knowing who you are and where you come from and being so grateful for everything you’ve been given. Bravo, Nicola Campbell and Carrielynn Victor for creating this treasure. I love it.
Richard Van Camp, author of Little You and A Blanket of Butterflies

Campbell’s rhythmic writing is wonderful, conveying important messages about the environment and family. Victor’s vibrant renderings accompany the engaging text nicely. Bold illustrations portray elements such as weather, nature, and animals alongside evocative details like glowing skylines.

An Indigenous girl shares vivid lessons in this lovely, thoughtful environmental tale.
—Kirkus Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
A simple, yet powerful story depicting many Indigenous traditions. Great for kids of all ages.
—Goodreads review

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    Described by The Globe and Mail as an “evocative book that poetically explores how important it is for us to see ourselves as part of the land,” Stand Like a Cedar takes readers on a journey in the natural landscapes of British Columbia. […]


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