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The Diamond Willow Walking Stick Wins Children’s Book Award

Oct 26, 2013

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Leah Marie Dorion has been awarded a Gold Medal in the 2012 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards for outstanding contributions to children’s literature. ($15.00, 978-1-926795-09-6) The book was awarded in the Society and Culture – Multi-Generational category. The Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award highlights excellence in family-friendly books covering the broad expanse of a child’s existence, helping them grow socially, emotionally, ethically, intellectually, and physically. Each year Gelett Burgess Children’s Book awards are given to 40 books in 4 distinct classifications: Lifestyle, Arts and Letters, Society and Culture, and Education. The list of winners is promoted throughout the year with additional activity and lesson plan resources made available. Parents, Educators, Librarians and Retailers trust the high mark of distinction theGelett Burgess Foundation honors provide a product. Informed decisions about purchasing products designed for children and families can be made knowing they have passed the foundation’s stringent evaluation process. More information can be found at www.GelettBurgessCenter.org.

Leah Marie Dorion’s The Diamond Willow Walking Stick: A Traditional Métis Story About Generosity focuses on a Métis Elder’s remembrances of traditional teachings about generosity that were taught to him by his grandparents during his childhood. These lifelong lessons imparted on him “how to live in a good Métis way,” and taught him how to live with respect within the circle of life. In this charming children’s book, the third in an ongoing series on traditional Métis culture, author and illustrator Leah Marie Dorion takes the reader on another enchanting journey while once again honouring the special bond between Métis children and their grandparents. With breathtaking artwork and an elegant Michif translation by Norman Fleury, this heartfelt, coming of age story will resonate with both young and old. This book also includes a chart on the uses of the willow tree and an accompanying narration CD in English and Michif-Cree.  This retelling of a traditional Métis story is most suitable for younger children.

To order online, visit: http://shop.gdins.org/node/81.

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