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Children's Fiction Multigenerational

On the Trapline

by (author) David A. Robertson

illustrated by Julie Flett

Publisher
Tundra
Initial publish date
May 2021
Category
Multigenerational, Native Canadian, Country Life
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780735266681
    Publish Date
    May 2021
    List Price
    $21.99

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Description

A picture book celebrating Indigenous culture and traditions. The Governor General Award--winning team behind When We Were Alone shares a story that honors our connections to our past and our grandfathers and fathers.

WINNER OF THE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S AWARD

A boy and Moshom, his grandpa, take a trip together to visit a place of great meaning to Moshom. A trapline is where people hunt and live off the land, and it was where Moshom grew up. As they embark on their northern journey, the child repeatedly asks his grandfather, "Is this your trapline?" Along the way, the boy finds himself imagining what life was like two generations ago -- a life that appears to be both different from and similar to his life now. This is a heartfelt story about memory, imagination and intergenerational connection that perfectly captures the experience of a young child's wonder as he is introduced to places and stories that hold meaning for his family.

About the authors

DAVID A. ROBERTSON is the winner of the Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award, the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer and the TWUC Freedom to Read Award. His books include The Barren Grounds: The Misewa SagaWhen We Were Alone (winner of the Governor General’s Award, a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and a McNally Robinson Best Book for Young People); Will I See? (winner of the Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award, graphic novel category); and the YA novel Strangers (recipient of the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction). He is the creator and host of the podcast Kiwew. Through his writings about Canada’s Indigenous peoples, Robertson educates as well as entertains, reflecting Indigenous cultures, histories and communities while illuminating many contemporary issues. David A. Robertson is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg.

 

David A. Robertson's profile page

Julie Flett is an award-winning Cree-Metis author, illustrator and artist. She has received many awards, including the 2016 American Indian Library Association Award for Best Picture Book for Little You, written by Richard Van Camp (Orca Books), and the Canadian Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Award in 2015 for Dolphins SOS, written by Roy Miki (Tradewind Books) and in 2017 for My Heart Fills with Happiness, written by Monique Gray Smith (Orca Books), and was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for her book Owls See Clearly at Night (Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer): A Michif Alphabet (L’alphabet di Michif). Her own Wild Berries (Simply Read Books) was chosen as Canada’s First Nation Communities Read title selection for 2014-2015.

www.julieflett.com

 

Julie Flett's profile page

Awards

  • Nominated, Chocolate Lily Award
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards
  • Winner, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
  • Long-listed, First Nations Communities Read Award
  • Nominated, Shining Willow Award
  • Short-listed, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award
  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Awards - Children's Literature - Illustration

Editorial Reviews

WINNER of the 2021 Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature — Illustrated Books!
WINNER of the 2022 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award!
Named one of School Library Journal's Caldenott Books (2021)
A CCBC Best Book for Kids and Teens, Fall 2021 — Starred Pick
A Horn Book 2021 Best Kids Book of the Year
A New York Public Library Best Book for Kids (2021)
A Canadian Children's Book Centre Favourite Book of the Year (2021)
A Quill & Quire Kids' Book of the Year (2021)
An American Indians in Children’s Literature Best Book of 2021
An Evanston Public Library Blueberry List pick

“An outstanding contribution to the literature about family, intergenerational friendship, remembrance, community, Indigenous experience, and more.” —STARRED REVIEW, The Horn Book

“Robertson’s text is as spare as Flett’s artwork, leaving plenty of space for readers to feel the emotions evoked by both.” —STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

“A deeply affecting journey of memory and history.” —STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly
“This second collaboration between the Governor-General’s Award-winning writer-illustrator team — who share common Cree ancestry — focuses on the connection between a boy and his moshom (grandpa) as they travel by plane, foot and boat to the northern wilderness, where a young moshom once lived off the land with his family.” Globe and Mail

"There are many lessons to be learned in this gentle story about intergenerational respect and relationships, both with people and the land." Canadian Children’s Book Centre

“[A] powerful story well told in an understated manner.” CM: Canadian Review of Materials
On the Trapline is a stunning picture book that highlights Indigenous values, including the deep connections to family and the land.” —Mutually Inclusive

Other titles by David A. Robertson

The Song That Called Them Home

by (author) David A. Robertson
illustrated by Maya McKibbin

The Stone Child

The Misewa Saga, Book Three

by (author) David A. Robertson

Version Control

by (author) David A. Robertson
illustrated by Scott B. Henderson, Donovan Yaciuk & Andrew Thomas

The Great Bear

The Misewa Saga, Book Two

by (author) David A. Robertson

Sugar Falls

A Residential School Story

by (author) David A. Robertson
illustrated by Scott B. Henderson & Donovan Yaciuk
foreword by Murray Sinclair
afterword by Betty Ross

Breakdown

by (author) David A. Robertson
illustrated by Scott B. Henderson, Donovan Yaciuk & Andrew Thomas

Ispík kákí péyakoyak/When We Were Alone

by (author) David A. Robertson
illustrated by Julie Flett
translated by Alderick Leask

The Barren Grounds

The Misewa Saga, Book One

by (author) David A. Robertson

This Place

150 Years Retold

by (author) Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Mitchell, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, David A. Robertson, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Richard Van Camp, Katherena Vermette & Chelsea Vowel
illustrated by Jen Storm, Tara Audibert, Kyle Charles, G.M.B. Chomichuk, Natasha Donovan, Scott B. Henderson, Andrew Lodwick, Scott A. Ford, Donovan Yaciuk & Ryan Howe
foreword by Alicia Elliott

Ghosts

by (author) David A. Robertson

Other titles by Julie Flett

Still This Love Goes On

by (author) Buffy Sainte-Marie
illustrated by Julie Flett

We All Play

illustrated by Julie Flett

My Heart Fills With Happiness / Nijiikendam

by (author) Monique Gray Smith
illustrated by Julie Flett
translated by Angela Mesic & Margaret Noodin

Little You / Gidagaashiinh

by (author) Richard Van Camp
illustrated by Julie Flett
translated by Angela Mesic & Margaret Noodin

My Heart Fills With Happiness / sâkaskinêw nitêh miywêyihtamowin ohci

by (author) Monique Gray Smith
illustrated by Julie Flett
translated by Mary Cardinal Collins
edited by Cree Literacy Network

Ispík kákí péyakoyak/When We Were Alone

by (author) David A. Robertson
illustrated by Julie Flett
translated by Alderick Leask

Tout petit toi

by (author) Richard Van Camp
illustrated by Julie Flett
translated by Rachel Martinez

Mi corazón se llena de alegría

by (author) Monique Gray Smith
illustrated by Julie Flett
translated by Lawrence Schimel

Tú eres tú

by (author) Richard Van Camp
illustrated by Julie Flett
translated by Lawrence Schimel

J’ai le cœur rempli de bonheur / sâ kask inêw nitêh miy wêyi htamowin ohci

by (author) Monique Gray Smith
illustrated by Julie Flett
translated by Rachel Martinez, Mary Cardinal Collins & Cree Literacy Network

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