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Children's Fiction Native American

The Two Sisters

by (author) E. Pauline Johnson

illustrated by Sandra Butt

Initial publish date
Jun 2016
Native American, General, Native American & Aboriginal
Recommended Age
3 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2016
    List Price

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For the first time, Pauline Johnson’s "The Two Sisters,” a First Nations legend, is accompanied by sumptuous illustrations that showcase the splendour of the Salish Sea. The universal themes of Creation, courage, and peace run through this legend of two little girls who grow up to be courageous young women who help to bring lasting peace to their world. The story is supplemented by a reference section that will enable a reader, parent, teacher, or visitor to the coast to immerse themselves in the rich history of Coast Salish cultures.

About the authors

Emily Pauline Johnson was born on March 10, 1861 at Chiefswood, her family home on the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Ontario. Her father was George Johnson, a distinguished Mohawk chief. She was equally proud of her British-born mother, Emily Howells, and valued her dual heritage. Pauline was an accomplished poet by her late teens, and her earliest poetry recitals were a great success. From 1892 until 1909, she toured Canada, the United States, and Britain, giving dramatic performances of her poetry and entertaining audiences of all ages with the stories of her people. After her retirement in 1909, she settled in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her published works of poetry and fiction also include The White Wampum (1895), Canadian Born (1903), Flint and Feather (1912) and The Shagganappi (1913).
E. Pauline Johnson died in 1913 and her ashes are buried in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.

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Sandra Butt has a background in education and design and has won awards in both Canada and the United States for her work in educational puzzles for children. Her first book, The Two Sisters, received the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Best Illustrator. She lives and works on Pender Island near Vancouver, BC, Canada

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