Beautiful picture book by Cree-Métis author, illustrator, and artist, Julie Flett. What I especially appreciate about this book is its inclusion, at the beginning, of a little glossary and pronunciation guide for the Cree words that Flett uses.
My kids are grown, so I don’t buy picture books for their sake. I collect them for mine. And Flett’s book is a perfect example of why picture books appeal to adults(?) like myself. They take me back to the essential joy of learning: of hearing words as a child hears them, of seeing nature as a child sees nature. The strange newness of it all. A rejuvenation of the senses, an undoing of the familiar. Seeing the moon again as you saw it at five, as it followed you (remember?) in the car—pimihâwipîsim.