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Top Grade: K-8 Selections, Fall 2019

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Top Grade: CanLit for the Classroom highlights the best of Canadian literature for children.
The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden

The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden

by Heather Smith, illustrated by Rachel Wada
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover Audiobook
tagged : asia, emotions & feelings, disasters

? “Smith spins a quietly moving narrative...Wada’s large-scale woodblock style illustrations are a perfect complement to the story’s restrained text...The graceful way in which this book handles a sensitive and serious subject makes it a first purchase."—School Library Journal
When the tsunami destroyed Makio's village, Makio lost his father . . . and his voice. The entire village is silenced by grief, and the young child's anger at the ocean grows. Then one day his neighbor, Mr. Hirota …

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Phyllis's Orange Shirt

Phyllis's Orange Shirt

by Phyllis Webstad, summary by Brock Nicol, edited by Allison Parker
edition:Hardcover
tagged : native canadian

Phyllis's Orange Shirt is an adaptaion of The Orange Shirt Story which was the best selling children's book in Canada for several weeks in September 2018(Book manager). This true story also inspired the movement of Orange Shirt Day which could become a federal statuatory holiday. When Phyllis was a little girl she was excited to go to residential school for the first time. Her Granny bought her a bright orange shirt that she loved and she wore it to school for her first day. When she arrived at …

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Gifts from Raven

Gifts from Raven

by Jaadee Kung, photographs by Jessika Von Innerebner, edited by Allison Parker
edition:Hardcover
tagged : native canadian

In this books the author Kung Jaadee shares with us that we have each received a special gift from Raven. That gift is our special talent or passion to share with the world. Suggested for ages 4-6

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The Owl and the Two Rabbits

The Owl and the Two Rabbits

by Nadia Sammurtok, illustrated by Kerri Kokias
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
tagged : birds, polar regions, survival stories, rabbits

When two rabbit sisters ignore their parents' warnings and decide to play outside on the open tundra, a hungry owl soon spots them and decides they will make a delicious meal. As a chase ensues, the sisters must act quickly, using the owl's own greed against him in order to get away. 

A traditional Inuit story and cautionary tale, this book presents a centuries-old narrative for a new generation of readers. 

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Trudy's Healing Stone

Trudy's Healing Stone

by Trudy Spiller, preface by Jessika Von Innerebner, edited by Allison Parker
edition:Hardcover
tagged : native canadian

Everyone gets sad, angry, frustrated and disappointed. Difficult emotions are a natural part of life. In this book, Trudy's Healing Stone, Trudy Spiller shares a special teaching about a practice that anyone can use to help them process their feelings with the help of Mother Earth. Recommended for ages 4-6

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Tallulah Plays the Tuba

Tallulah Plays the Tuba

by Tiffany Stone, illustrated by Sandy Nichols
edition:Hardcover
tagged : music, self-esteem & self-reliance, humorous stories

Tallulah is tiny, but the TUBA is not!
Tallulah isn’t big, but the instrument she dreams of playing sure is. Try as she might, tiny Tallulah keeps coming up short on how she can play the tuba in her school band. But with some perseverance and a lot of creativity, Tallulah hatches a plan that she hopes will turn her musical dream into reality.
Children will laugh along with this fun and engaging story featuring a diverse protagonist who takes matters into her own hands to solve a problem.

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Inukpak and His Son

Inukpak and His Son

English Edition
by Neil Christopher, illustrated by Germaine Arnaktauyok
edition:Hardcover
also available: Hardcover Hardcover
tagged : beginner, native canadian

Discover this gigantic Northern tale.

This book introduces children to a traditional Inuit legend. Learn how the great giant Inukpak adopted a human hunter as his son.

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Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids

Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids

by Alain M Bergeron, illustrated by Sampar, translated by Sophie B. Watson
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged : time travel, humorous, paranormal

Billy Stuart is a young raccoon who aspires to be just like his grandfather, a globe-trotting adventurer who knows no fear. When he learns that his grandfather has found a way to travel through time and is leaving on another great voyage, he sets out to see him off (and maybe sneak along). Billy Stuart follows his grandfather's puzzling clues through a maze of caves and caverns to find him before he leaves, trailed by his Scout pack, the Zintrepids. What Billy doesn't know is that once they go …

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