This whimsical story celebrates the family, friendships, revitalization of Cree dialects, and traditional methods of storytelling.
During an unfortunate mishap, young Awâsis loses Kôhkum’s freshly baked world-famous bannock. Not knowing what to do, Awâsis seeks out a variety of other-than-human relatives willing to help. What adventures are in store for Awâsis?
The book includes a pronunciation guide and the recipe for Kôhkum’s world-famous bannock.
Dallas Hunt, author
Dallas Hunt (he/him/his) is a teacher, writer, and member of Wapisewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a proponent of language revitalization, his debut book for children, Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock, includes words in Cree. Dallas teaches at UBC and enjoys reading great books to his nieces and nephews.
Amanda Strong, illustrator
Amanda Strong is a Michif, Indigenous filmmaker, media artist, and stop motion director currently based out of the unceded Coast Salish territory also known as Vancouver, British Columbia. She has exhibited work and screened films worldwide, including at the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, and the Ottawa International Animation Festival.
- The writing and illustrations work very well together, making the book both enchanting and educational. Reading and learning from this book is one step that anyone… can make to support this work so that Indigenous languages and concepts will continue to be a vital part of the intellectual life... - Mary Jane Logan McCallum, Quill & Quire Link to review
- Catchy and delightful, "Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock" has a strong plot that propels readers along at a brisk and exciting pace. - Roxy Garstad, CM Association Link to review
- "In his debut book, Hunt tells a story that already feels like a childhood classic. Young children will enjoy the tale’s effective repetition of incident and language…, its cooperative animals, and the happy ending. Strong’s charmingly faux naif illustrations, dominated by soft colors of blue, purple, brown, and green, are lovely and expressive….” - Kirkus Reviews Link to review
- Finalist 2018, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award
- Finalist, High Plains Book Award, Indigenous Writer
Rights Holder: HighWater Press
rights available: World
age range: 3 - 5
number of pages: 32
publication date: 11/28/2018
Original language of pub: English
Materials Available: finished book