Gifts For Dawnis

Elin Kelsey

Soyeon Kim

Gifts For Dawnis (Softcover book with audio download)

Annii, welcome to our story. Gifts for Dawnis was written to help us remember our place in Creation. Our teachings tell us that all of life is equally sacred, and that all forms of life were given original instructions by the Creator. Every living thing on our Mother Earth has a purpose and a role to fulfill, in order for our world to be in balance.

Gifts for Dawnis reminds us that everything is here for a purpose, and that when we ask, we are always shown the answers. We just have to learn to listen. This book features both Ojibwe and English audio as a free accompanying download. . The text in this story is also in both Ojibwe and English. Many of the pictures in Gifts for Dawnis are taken from actual photographs, some of which came from the territories of Ziigwen’s ancestors. We invite you to learn more about these places in 4Canoes publications, and to visit as well. ... You will be welcomed.

Publication date May 20, 2021
Regular price $18.95
Regular price Sale price $18.95

SKU: BP100380

"Scientifically sound and philosophically profound." - Kirkus Reviews - STARRED REVIEW

"Gentle and reassuring, with amazing artwork once again, this is a book that is as hopeful as it is beautiful." - Sal's Fiction Addiction

"Kim's absorbing dioramas create tender scenes of community, intimacy, and loss...readers will appreciate the matter-of-fact, never emotionally prescriptive look at creatures’ mourning behaviors." - Publishers Weekly

"A lovely piece of enhanced nonfiction... Thoughtful and eye-opening." - School Library Journal

"This stunning picture book is unusual in many ways, from its unique and seldom-explored topic to the illustrations done in collage and created using dioramas." - Booklist

"The book adopts a gentle tone and establishes a mood of reverence and respect through Elin Kelsey’s written text and Soyeon Kim’s attractive artwork." - Canadian Review of Materials

Silver Birch Express Award, 2021

Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection, 2020

A Kirkus Best Picture Book of 2020

Texas Topaz Reading List selection, 2021

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Publication date

April 15, 2020

Number of pages




Interest age

From 4 to 12