Naomi R. Caldwell

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Review of Mnoomin maan’gowing / The Gift of Mnoomin

Mnoomin maan’gowing / The Gift of Mnoomin by Brittany Luby; illus. by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley; trans. into Anishinaabemowin by Mary Ann Corbiere Primary    Groundwood    36 pp. 10/23    9781773068466    $21.99 e-book ed.  9781773068480    $16.99 A lyrical text written in Anishinaabemowin and English tells about the journey of a seed and of...

Review of A Letter for Bob

A Letter for Bob by Kim Rogers; illus. by Jonathan NelsonPrimary    Heartdrum/HarperCollins    32 pp.9/23    9780063044555    $19.99A Wichita girl, Katie, writes a letter to Bob, her family’s trustworthy white sedan, after it’s determined they need to trade it in for a larger vehicle. Katie describes how they cared for the car...

Review of Autumn Peltier, Water Warrior

Autumn Peltier, Water Warrior by Carole Lindstrom; illus. by Bridget GeorgePrimary    Roaring Brook    40 pp.9/23    9781250795274    $18.99Lindstrom (We Are Water Protectors, rev. 7/20; My Powerful Hair, rev. 3/23) introduces the mission of contemporary Indigenous water activist Autumn Peltier and her great-aunt, the late Josephine Henriette Mandamin (both Anishinaabe). The lyrical...

Review of When the Stars Came Home

When the Stars Came Home by Brittany Luby; illus. by Natasha DonovanPrimary    Little, Brown    40 pp.11/23    9780316592499    $18.99In this affecting picture book, Ojiig, a young Indigenous boy, moves with his parents from their rural home to the city when his father gets a new job. He misses fishing, picking blueberries,...

Review of Grandma’s Tipi: A Present-Day Lakota Story

Grandma’s Tipi: A Present-Day Lakota Story by S. D. Nelson; illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate    Abrams    40 pp.5/23    9781419731921    $18.99e-book ed.  9798887070599    $15.54Nelson (Sitting Bull, rev. 11/15; Red Cloud, rev. 7/17) shares Indigenous traditions and practices involving tipis that continue in modern times. Young Clara comes to stay with her...

Review of My Powerful Hair

My Powerful Hair by Carole Lindstrom; illus. by Steph LittlebirdPrimary    Abrams    48 pp.3/23    9781419759437    $18.99e-book ed.  9781647005740    $15.54“Our ancestors say / Our hair is our memories. / Our source of strength.” Lindstrom’s (author of Caldecott winner We Are Water Protectors, rev. 7/20, and an enrolled citizen of the Turtle Mountain...

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