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Walking Together

Interest Age: 4–7
Grade: p–2
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9 
W.1.1,3,5,6 
SL.1.1,1a,1b,1c,2,3,4,5,6 
L.1.4,4a,4b,4c,5,5a,5b,5c,5d,6

Reading Level: Lexile AD540L
Hardcover (Picture book) : 9781773217765, 36 pages, April 2023 , 9.0" x 9.0"
Paperback (Picture book) : 9781773217772, 36 pages, August 2024 , 9.0" x 9.0"
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781773217789, April 2023

Description

This innovative picture book introduces readers to the concept of Etuaptmumk—or Two-Eyed Seeing, the gift of multiple perspectives in the Mi’kmaw language—as we follow a group of young children connecting to nature as their teacher.

 

A poetic, joyful celebration of the Lands and Waters as spring unfolds: we watch for Robin's return, listen for Frog's croaking, and wonder at maple tree's gift of sap. Grounded in Etuaptmumk, also known as Two-Eyed Seeing—which braids together the strengths of Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of knowing—and the Mi’kmaq concept of Netukulimk—meaning to protect Mother Earth for the ancestors, present, and future generations—Walking Together nurtures respectful, reciprocal, responsible relationships with the Land and Water, plant-life, animals and other-than-human beings for the benefit of all.

Awards

  • Joint winner, Nautilus Book Awards, Gold 2024

Reviews

“This important, gorgeous book has something for readers of all ages.”

- Booklist, *starred review, 05/01/23

“A moving read to instill love and respect for the natural world.”

- Kirkus Reviews, 04/25/23

“A beautiful celebration of Indigenous knowledge and the importance of respecting the land. . . . This is a great educational resource for elementary collections, and could serve as a powerful conversation starter for classroom discussions on the environment.”

- School Library Journal, 05/26/23

“A lovely book to add to home, public or school collections.”

- Canadian Children’s Book News, Spring/23

“A gentle and beautiful exploration of how Indigenous and non-Indigenous people can see the world through two eyes—from two perspectives—which leads to an understanding that we are all connected and that we need each other to be strong.”

- Canadian Teacher, Spring/23