Heart Berry Bling
Published by: Portage & Main Press
Imprint: HighWater Press
Sales Date: 2023-05-09
Published: May 2023
Imprint: HighWater Press
Page Count: 48 Pages
Illustrations: Full colour illustrations throughout
Dimensions: 228.00 x 228.00
48 Pages, 228.00 x 228.00 x 7.93 mm, Full colour illustrations throughout
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On a visit to her granny, Maggie is excited to begin her first-ever beading project: a pair of strawberry earrings. However, beading is much harder than she expected! As they work side by side, Granny shares how beading helped her persevere and stay connected to her Anishinaabe culture when she lost her Indian status, forcing her out of her home community-all because she married someone without status, something the men of her community could do freely.
As she learns about patience and perseverance from her granny's teachings, Maggie discovers that beading is a journey, and like every journey, it's easier with a loved one at her side.
In this beautifully illustrated book, children learn about the tradition of Anishinaabe beadwork, strawberry teachings, and gender discrimination in the Indian Act.
Social justice messages lie at the heart of many children's and YA books with Indigenous authorship. The picture book Heart Berry Bling (HighWater, May), written by Jenny Kay Dupuis, a member of the Nipissing First Nation, and illustrated by Ghana-born artist Eva Campbell, shares the tradition of Anishinaabe beadwork and highlights the experiences of women, including the author's grandmother, who lost their First Nations status due to Canada's Indian Act.Publishers Weekly
A delightful story.Anishnabek News
This title stimulates the senses as the reader experiences impressions of colour, sound, touch, scent and taste through the keenly observed descriptive text and the accompanying illustrations. Text and illustrations meld together perfectly. It is a deceptively simple story of love that also draws attention to injustices of which most non-indigenous people are unaware. A great addition to all collections. Highly RecommendedCM Magazine
We need books from writers like Jenny Kay Dupuis--people whose families hold ... brutal realities in their memory as something they lived through--and people across North America have so much learning to do about Native life and history, and about authenticity of storyteller and storytelling. Quite magnificent .Highly recommended.Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL)
Heart Berry Bling teaches Indigenous realities and culture while warming the human heart.Kelly Anne Smith, Anishinabek News
Touches on the emotional aspects of beading as well as a few technical skills! All this weaved into a visit between a girl and her grandmother, with a sprinkling of Canadian history, women's rights, and the importance of perseverance. Great for a read aloud for older students to introduce some of the unfair treatments [of] Indigenous Peoples in North America.Mary Hazel, Classroom Content Curator, Follett Learning
This is a really simple story with [a] really powerful meaning underneath it. This story is so important. This book...does a great job of highlighting the importance of passing down tradition and cultural practices and will start a really great conversation in your classroom.49th Kids, Top Grade CanLit for the Classroom