Spring sings and Mi’kmaw Moons: 5 books from Woozles’ Lisa Doucet from our Holiday Guide
Sheree Fitch, quilt art by Deb Plestid
This joyous celebration of the wonders of nature is a delight for the senses! The musicality of the text as Fitch thoughtfully, lovingly describes the miraculousness of spring’s gradual but inevitable arrival is magnificently evoked in the bright, beautiful quilted images that Plestid has crafted. Each one is a treasure trove of intricate details that bring to life the carefully crafted and wonder-filled poetry.
Cathy Leblanc & David Chapman, illustrated by Loretta Gould
This series of stories about Holly and her auntie as they make their way through the seasons and months of the year is chock full of fascinating information about the culture and traditions of the Mi’kmaq, particularly as they relate to their use of the changing phases of the moon to create a calendar. Meticulously designed and magnificently illustrated, this book is a beautiful examination of this aspect of Mi’kmaw culture.
In this quiet, elegant exploration of love and loss, grief and growth, Davison creates a heartwarming story of a young woman finding her way. Dot Grey lives in a squalid basement apartment with an assortment of animal friends. She works at a local animal shelter where she pours herself into her work and attempts to avoid interacting with her colleagues. But as new guy Joe seeks to befriend her, she slowly begins to open herself up to the complex, sometimes painful, realities of life and love and friendship. And letting go.
At the tender age of thirteen, Lark Harnish is trying to prove herself as the new hired girl in the MacMaster household. Lark’s family desperately needs the money, so Lark tries with all of her might to be the dutiful hired help that she is meant to be. But it is so hard to hold her tongue, especially as she begins to see just how sad the grieving members of this household are. Can she help them find their way back to each other before Mrs. MacMaster loses her patience with her once and for all?
A tense, riveting murder mystery, this book also explores a variety of complex social issues. Told from the perspectives of three different characters, Treggiari provides readers with a set of fully realized, multi-dimensional characters, many of who are dealing with very painful realities. Thought-provoking, compelling and carefully-constructed, this is a powerful story.
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