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Zoe and the Fawn

tr. from Okanagan by Richard Armstrong. illus. by Julie Flett. 32p. Theytus. Feb. 2019. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781926886534; pap. ISBN 9781894778435.
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Toddler-PreS–A young girl and her father are out feeding their horses when they discover a fawn under a tree. They set off to find the fawn's mother, encountering other woodland animals along the way. Jameson is a debut Native author from the Okanagan Nation, and the book includes Okanagan words for the animal names in addition to the English names. Fleet's illustrations use a lot of white space and create the setting through a few pieces of shrubbery and spare images of flora and fauna. The dialogue in follows a pattern. The child asks about the different animals and then repeats that they "are not the fawn's mother," which helps emphasize the new words in the text.
VERDICT A fun informational title with themes of family, learning, and exploring the wondrous natural world.

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