Bestseller | September 2008

I Like Who I Am


By Tara White
Illustrated by Lee Claremont

$12.95 CAD

$12.95 USD

Binding: Paper

Celina is a young Mohawk girl who moves to her mother's home reserve. She is teased by her classmates who tell her that she is not Mohawk and does not belong because she has blond hair and blue eyes. Celina starts to believe her classmates and decides not to dance at an upcoming Pow Wow. But her great-grandmother helps Celina understand that being Mohawk is not about how she looks but about what she feels in her heart. When the drumming starts at the Pow Wow, Celina decides to dance after all.

A beautifully illustrated story, I Like Who I Am explores issues of bullying and belonging as Celina looks for acceptance in her new community.

 

 

 



Reviews:

The Eastern Door: 'I Like Who I Am,' a powerful Kahnawake story

Some books just touch you in the right spot and Kahnawa'kehro:non Tara White's I Like Who I Am children's book did that and more. It brought a tear to my eye.

It doesn't only work as a learning tool, with Mohawk words interspersed with English ones, it is a life lesson.

Heart warming, sincere and full of experiences we've all had, I Like Who I Am is a must read for parents across Indian Country.

 


Steve Bonspiel

Canadian Material Review

An outstanding book ideal for helping grades three to six children begin exploring: 1) the concept of culture, 2) the dynamics and pitfalls associated with judging/bullying others based on their physical features, and 3) the value of taking action against bullies who judge others by how they look.

 

Highly Recommended

 

CM . . . . Volume XV Number 10. . . .January 9, 2009


Keith McPherson -- Keith McPherson has been a primary and elementary teacher and teacher-librarian in BC since 1984 and is currently the coordinator of the Language and Literacy Education Research Centre at the University of B.C.


Genre: Children
Pub Date: September 2008
ISBN 978-1-894778-63-3
Size: 8 x 9 inches
Page Count: 44
Binding: Paper
Illustration Note: 18 full-colour illustrations
Age Range: Ages 6 to 11 years
BISAC 1: JUV000000
BISAC 2: JUV039230
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