Walking Together

Annick. May 2023. 36p. Tr $23.99. ISBN 9781773217765.
PreS-Gr 1–A joyful celebration of the natural world through the lens of etuaptmumk (Two-Eyed Seeing), the gift of multiple perspectives in the Mi’kmaw language. Using the repeating phrase “when we walk together in a good way,” the authors highlight the many lessons children can learn from nature when they stop and listen. Focusing on the interconnectedness between communities and ecosystems, the text moves through several lessons, the most important being the need to protect nature for future generations. “When we take care of the Land and Water, the Land and Water takes care of us.” Paired with Kewageshig’s dynamic and colorful illustrations, this book is a beautiful celebration of Indigenous knowledge and the importance of respecting the land. The use of straightforward language makes the book accessible to young readers. The Afterword explains etuaptmumk in more depth, and reminds readers that they are always surrounded by life.
VERDICT This is a great educational resource for elementary collections, and could serve as a powerful conversation starter for classroom discussions on the environment. Recommended.

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