Larry Loyie is happy to announce his new book The Moon Speaks Cree, A Winter Adventure is now available (Theytus Books). You can order from www.GoodMinds.com; www.theytus.com and elsewhere. If you have problems getting the book, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. In this photo, Larry opens the first box of the new book. See excerpt and summary below!
Excerpt from The Moon Speaks Cree, A Winter Adventure
By Larry Loyie
with Constance Brissenden
Illustrations by Bill Cohen
The Old Trunk
“Winter will be here soon,” Lawrence said aloud, a small voice in the big forest. He walked alone, studying the trees that surrounded him. A few yellow leaves still clung to the poplars.
He was young but he could already read the seasons by the signs of nature. “If you look hard enough, you will see changes every day,” his grandfather, Mosoom Albert, had taught him.
Lawrence bent over to pick up a bright red leaf, his grandmother’s favorite colour. ‘This dropped here just for Kokom Bella,’ he decided. He smiled as he tucked it in his shirt pocket.
Nearing home, he saw one snowflake fall, then another. Soon the air was filled with big fluffy flakes.
In The Moon Speaks Cree, A Winter Adventure, award-winning Cree author Larry Loyie shares his memorable childhood.
Winter is an exciting season for Lawrence, an Aboriginal boy learning the traditional ways of his people.
The family’s four dogs bark and howl, eager to pull Papa’s toboggan. But what will Lawrence use for sliding down Rabbit Hill? Grandma tells him to “make do with what you have” and he does just that, inventing an amazing sliding machine to share with his sisters. Dire consequences result when brother Robert teases the dogs, teaching Lawrence respect for their way of life.
His adventures bring him closer to his family, especially his Grandfather and a secret sorrow. Larry Loyie captures the warmth of a cold winter in The Moon Speaks Cree.
64 pages; includes an Epilogue, Talking Points for Classrooms and a Glossary of Cree words. Recommended for chapter book study.
Also included in the “Lawrence Series” are As Long as the Rivers Flow (Tant que couleront les rivieres), Goodbye Buffalo Bay and When the Spirits Dance. Larry also wrote The Gathering Tree encouraging HIV awareness and prevention. He’s working on three new books, including Residential School, A Children’s History, a national school-accessible history with more than 140 images (available August 2014).
Above: Cover (back and front) The Moon Speaks Cree, A Winter Adventure; Larry and Constance at the book launch of Goodbye Buffalo Bay, Vancouver Central Library, 2008, plus photos of other friends and students.
Larry’s long-awaited book The Moon Speaks Cree, A Winter Adventure will soon be out from Theytus. We have a promise that the book will be printed by November 18. Please feel free to order it now from Theytus, www.GoodMinds.com, or the distributor of your choice.
The book’s delay was partially caused by having to replace our first illustrator because she was swamped as a full-time graduate student.
Our new illustrator is Bill Cohen, Okanagan Nation. The Moon Speaks Cree is a chapter book and his black and white illustrations fit in well. Also we have included an Epilogue and 16 Talking Points for Classrooms developed by Principal Christine Gullion of OPK School in Wabasca, AB. We recommend the book for chapter study, grade 4 and up.
The book shares a traditional winter from Larry’s childhood. Readers step inside his family’s log house to share the fun and learning as the winter progresses to a New Year’s celebration with a surprising, moving message.
Next on the agenda: Larry and Constance (myself) are in the planning stages of Residential School, A Children’s History. Larry Loyie, as you know, is a residential school survivor. As well, this student-accessible national history will feature the experiences of over 20 other survivors as well as over 175 photographs. Our co-author is residential school expert Wayne K. Spear, a terrific writer and editor. More on this great project in a later blog. The book will be out in August 2014. The co-publishers are Shingwauk Residential School Centre (Algoma University, ON) and Theytus (www.theytus.com).