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Children's Fiction Native American

The Hungry Time

by (author) Selwyn Dewdney

illustrated by Olena Kassian

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 1980
Native American, General
Recommended Age
3 to 8
Recommended Grade
k to 3
Recommended Reading age
3 to 8
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1980
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1980
    List Price

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This volume in the Kids of Canada series tells a poignant tale of First Nations life before the coming of European settlement.

It is the story of a Mississauga Indigenous girl named Morning Sky who, with her family, spends the winter camped at the mouth of the Humber River. Cold and hunger threaten their survival but by facing these hardships together a very special and powerful bond is created among the members of the family.

The Hungry Time is a concise, masterful evocation of a past way of life, its joys and its sorrows.

About the authors

SELWYN DEWDNEY is the author of two highly acclaimed novels, Wind Without Rain and Christopher Breton, as well as numerous works on Indian history and culture such as They Shared to Survive.

Selwyn Dewdney's profile page

OLENA KASSIAN is a well-known illustrator of Canadian children\s books.'

Olena Kassian's profile page


  • Winner, Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection

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