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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 32
Themes: Cree, language learning, school bus, grandfather, community
Publisher: Portage & Main Press
Pub Date: 01/Mar/2018
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Nimoshom loved to drive the school bus. Every day, on the way to and from school, he had something to say. Sometimes, he told the kids silly stories. Sometimes, he taught them a new word in Cree.

Nimoshom and His Bus introduces basic Cree words. A glossary is included in the back of the book.

School Library Journal

Part language primer, part loving tribute, this picture book adds up to a lovely addition for most library collections.

Kirkus Reviews

A simple but endearing glimpse of Cree language and life.

Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children’s Literature
We’re always delighted by books by Native writers—especially ones set in the present. The straightforward text is terrific. Hibbard’s illustrations perfectly capture the warmth and joy of the kids on that bus, and the guy who drives their bus. I highly recommend Nimoshom and His Bus! It’d be a simple thing to use other Native words in addition to–or instead of–the Cree words in the book.
Minh Lê for, The Horn Book Magazine
...a rhythmic pacing and a conversational quality that makes for an enjoyable read-aloud experience...loose, expressive mixed-media illustrations capture the warm relationship between nimoshom and the children...
Anita Miettunen, CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Through accessible language and engaging visual resources, readers are introduced to basic Cree as Nimoshom responds in this language to the children who ride his bus. Amidst a rural fall setting, with woodland animals, children, and the school bus, Nimoshom’s humorous nature shines through these gentle illustrations.

Helen Kubiw, CanLit for Little Canadians

A sweet introduction to some simple Cree words in the context of a common-place activity for many children. Karen Hibbard, who uses watercolours and pastels to create a gentle background for Nimoshom's day on his bus, gives the story a grassroots mood, highly appropriate for a routine day of activity and interaction for this bus driver and his charges. It's very relatable.


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