DescriptionTo the Gitxsan people of northwestern British Columbia, the grizzly is an integral part of the natural landscape. They share the land and forests the Skeena River runs through, as well as the sockeye salmon within it. The Grizzly Mother explores how an ecosystem's animals, people and seasons are all intertwined.
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About the Author
Hetxw'ms Gyetxw, also known as Brett D. Huson (he/him/his), is from the Gitxsan Nation of the Northwest Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Growing up in this strong matrilineal society, Brett developed a passion for the culture, land, and politics of his people, and a desire to share their knowledge and stories. Brett has worked in the film and television industry, and has volunteered for such organizations as Ka Ni Kanichihk and Indigenous Music Manitoba. The Sockeye Mother (winner of The Science Writers and Communicators Book Award) is Brett's first book for children.
4 out of 5 starts What a beautifully illustrated book! This books follows a grizzly mother bear with her two cubs from hibernation to the next season's hibernation. It teaches children about different aspects of the grizzly bear's life in different seasons and their interactions with the Gitxsan community. I love how it has definitions of words that children might not know (e.g. metabolism). I think more information about the geographical locality and the Gitxsan would make this book so much more accessible to children more globally. Afterall, who wouldn't want to learn about grizzly bears?--Sara Cox "NetGalley" (7/7/2019 12:00:00 AM)
4 out of 5 stars The Gitxsan people are First Nations people who live beside a river whose name translates to The River of Mist. The Gitxsan people are also aware of how important both the Salmon and the Grizzly are to the region, and ecosystem. This is the second in what I hope will be a series of books that highlights each animal the plays a part in keeping the area healthy, within the web of life. The first was about the Sockeye Salmon. This second follows the life of the Grizzly. With beautiful illsutrations, we follow what happens month by month to a mother grizzly and her cubs. It is an excellent way to learn about the web of life, and to learn about the lifecycle of the grizzly. My only qualm, and I could be remembering the first book differently, is there is not as much Gitxsan language in this second book as was in the first. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.--Laura Testa-Reyes "NetGalley" (8/3/2019 12:00:00 AM)
Teachers! Get The Grizzly Mother for your classroom--and ask your librarian to get it on the library shelves, too! I highly recommend The Sockeye Mother and The Grizzly Mother published by HighWater Press. They are pitched at children in grades 5-7 but I think they can be used with younger children. And of course, picture books should be used with people of any age. Highly recommended!--Debbie Reese "American Indians in Children's Literature" (6/26/2019 12:00:00 AM)
5 out of 5 stars
This non-fiction, own-voices picture book features amazing pictures and interesting details about a grizzly bear's raising of two young bears, and the Gitxsan people that live near the Skeena and Bulkley rivers in Northern British Columbia, Canada. I really love this book and The Sockeye Mother, an earlier book from this team. Great information, including the correct use of the phrase torpor (instead of hibernation, which is something that is incorrect and a little maddening once you know this) and definitions of more complex language right next to the text, where the reader can use it, means this series is a great package for young readers to learn about nature and Indigenous culture. I hope there are more of these books to come!
4 out of 5 stars
Lovely book. My son loved me reading it to him. The targeted audience. It was easy to read and well written.
4 out of 5 starsI read this book with my 7 year old, who loves learning about our local Aboriginal culture. The book did a wonderful job of sharing the Gitxsan language and culture along with the story of a grizzly and her 2 cubs as they move through the seasons. The illustrations are beautiful, incorporating traditional artwork and peaceful colours. The interesting facts and vocabulary sprinkled throughout add dimension and interest to the book, as does the tracing of the seasons using traditional Gitxsan references to the phases of the moon. Of course I love that it is centered in our province and that my daughter and I were able to look at the map and talk about our local landscape and the many important natural features (rivers, the salmon, the forests). We also discussed some of the different First Nations in our province and talked about their languages and cultures (we live in the heart of syilx or Okanagan territory). A must-have for elementary classrooms and libraries in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.
--NetGalley reviewer--Bryn Coape-Arnold "NetGalley" (9/16/2019 12:00:00 AM)
The Grizzly Mother is seamless merging of science and culture with the Gitxsan Nation.... This book is an important addition to classrooms and libraries or your own non-fiction collection.--Bryn Coape-Arnold "Mighty Village" (10/9/2019 12:00:00 AM)
A lyrically poetic text, it delivers a wealth of information on the lives of grizzlies and the ecosystem they are part of, making this an invaluable introduction to the way we are all connected.--Jeffrey Canton "The Globe and Mail" (9/13/2019 12:00:00 AM)
Anchored in the culture of the Gitxsan Nation, this spellbinding account of a grizzly bear's first few years with her cubs is the second title in the Mothers of Xsan series. Saturated with ocher hues and expressively detailed with black line, Donovan's illustrations amplify the text's lyricism with nuanced perspectives....
--Publishers Weekly, starred review--Jeffrey Canton "Publisher's Weekly" (9/13/2019 12:00:00 AM)