We all play = kimêtawânaw

by Flett, Julie,

Language: Cree
English
Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary

Best Book of the Year: the Washington Post, New York Public Library, Kirkus, The Globe and Mail

STARRED Reviews in Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, The Horn Book, School Library Journal

From Julie Flett, the beloved author and illustrator of Birdsong, comes a joyous new book about playtime for babies, toddlers, and kids up to age 7.

Animals and kids love to play! This wonderful book celebrates playtime and the connection between children and the natural world. Beautiful illustrations show:

birds who chase and chirp! bears who wiggle and wobble! whales who swim and squirt! owls who peek and peep! and a diverse group of kids who love to do the same, shouting:

We play too! / kimêtawânaw mîna

At the end of the book, animals and children gently fall asleep after a fun day of playing outside, making this book a great bedtime story. A beautiful ode to the animals and humans we share our world with, We All Play belongs on every bookshelf.

This book also includes:

A glossary of Cree words for wild animals in the book A pronunciation guide and link to audio pronunciation recordings
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This beautifully illustrated book introduces a series of young animals at play, then relates their activities to those of children. Spanning eight pages, the first of four sections in the minimalist text reads, "Animals hide and hop / and sniff and sneak / and peek and peep. / We play too! / kimêtawânaw mîna." Closing each section, the Cree phrase reiterates, "We play too." The second section involves aquatic animals, followed by children swimming, and the third features snakes, bison, and bears in motion, concluding with kids sledding down a snow-covered hill. The final section includes bats roosting, wolf pups yawning, and drowsy children going to sleep. Flett, a Cree-Métis writer and illustrator who lives in Canada, chooses pairs of words that read aloud well. An appended list pairs English words for 13 animals (plus child and baby) with their Cree equivalents. In the art, the simplified forms of animals and children are often silhouetted against parchment-like backgrounds, while color and shading help define the characters' shapes. A handsome, understated picture book affirming our oneness with nature."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Cree-Métis artist Flett (Birdsong) starts with quiet, elegant portraits of animals at play attended by brief, motion-filled lines of text. Velvety dark brown rabbits jump across the page ("Animals hide/ and hop"); a fox investigates a turtle as kits peer timidly from the page's edge ("and sniff/ and sneak"); an owlet peeks out from the page as others cluster together, their new wings delicately etched ("and peek/and peep"). Then a group of small children of various skin tones appears, leaping, jumping, and lying on their backs in tall grass as butterflies flit above. "We play too! kimêtawânaw mîna" they say. An author's note defines the Cree phrase as "living in relationship and in care to one another" and discusses the kinship between animals and people, whether "running and hopping through the grass or... pondering creatures in the creek." In spare compositions, Flett aptly underlines this idea by showing animals and humans embracing play in similar ways (snakes slide, children sled down a hill in the snow), until at last, "slowly, side by side," everyone sleeps. Also includes a glossary and pronunciation guide. Ages up to 7. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Play behavior in animals -- Juvenile literature.
Animals -- Play behavior.
Publisher Vancouver :2021
Other Titles Kimêtawânaw
Language Cree
English
Text in English, with some Cree.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781771646079
1771646071
9781771646093
1771646098
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