The Eagle Mother


Book 3, Mothers of Xsan
by Hetxw'ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) | illustrated by Natasha Donovan

Grade: for grades 3–7
(1 customer review)
SKU: 978-1-55379-859-0 Categories: ,

$23.00

Pub Date: 04/28/2020
Format:
  • Hardcover

Return to the valleys of the River of Mists with award-winning author Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson). Nox xsgyaak, the eagle mother, cares for her brood in the embrace of a black cottonwood with the help of her mate. Will both eaglets survive the summer in an environment that is both delicate and unforgiving?

Learn about the life cycle of these stunning birds of prey, the traditions of the Gitxsan, and how bald eagles can enrich their entire ecosystem. Evocative illustration brings the Xsan’s flora and fauna to life for middle years readers in book three of the Mothers of Xsan series.

…an incredible celebration of the deep connections that are essential to the relationships between mothers and their children in the animal world. Donovan’s illustrations exquisitely enrich Hudson’s text, beautifully melding Indigenous art motifs into her images of the eagle families.
—Jeffrey Canton for The Globe and Mail

What a beautiful book. I am loving the Mothers of Xsan series from Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson). Recommended.
—Heidi Wood, Indigenous Learning – District Instruction and Curriculum Helping Teacher

The story you told wove a integrated tapestry of knowledge, experience and a glimpse of the life of these magnificent birds where you come from. The book invites us to better understand a way of living in the world were spirit, place, wildness and civilization is revealed as an integrated and interdependent life force. A place where the value of a life is linked to the value of a place. The book is a generous gift, and an invitation into your home. Thank you for sharing it with us all.
—Lancelot Coar, University of Manitoba

1 review for The Eagle Mother

  1. Amie Gaudet

    THE EAGLE MOTHER is a stunningly beautiful illustrated non-fiction book.

    It is a Feast for the eyes and for the soul.

    It is the story explaining the life cycle of a female eagle as well as the story of how everything is connected.

    An example of what I mean by that is that both the words and the illustrations show how the fish caught by the mother eagle is brought by her to the nest to feed her babies, the bones and other detritus are discarded on the ground around the trunk of the cottonwood tree holding the nest. This in turn leads to a rich mixture of soil encouraging plant growth. There are several other examples of the circular cycle of life detailed in the text, as well as in illustrated form.

    Where words appear that may be new, or unfamiliar, included on that page is a box containing the words and their definitions. This is a wonderful touch.

    The only area I could possibly come up with as needing improvement would be the inclusion of a text box, similar to the one containing definitions, that listed the Gitxsan words alongside how to pronounce them phonetically. I would love to know that I am reading the words correctly when reading this book to my children and/or grandchildren.

    This book is available in eBook format as well as in printed form. I based my review on the eBook version, but the illustrations are so gorgeous that I have decided to purchase it in printed form as well.

    I have not yet had the pleasure of reading the other two books in the MOTHERS OF XSAN Series, but I plan to read and review each of them. Also, coming soon are two more book in the series. Their titles are: THE WOLF MOTHER and THE FROG MOTHER.

    This book (in fact, the entire ‘Mothers of Xsan’ series) should be available at every Canadian library, and in every Canadian school. Parents who want their children to learn about the animal kingdom as well as learn about different cultures should order this book immediately.

    I rate this children’s non-fiction book as 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    **** Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book.****

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