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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 32
Themes: biodiversity, Indigenous Peoples, science, eco-awareness
Publisher: Portage & Main
Pub Date: 28/Apr/2020
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Return to the valleys of the River of Mists with award-winning author Hetxw'ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson). Nox xsgyaak, the eagle mother, cares for her brood in the embrace of a black cottonwood with the help of her mate. Will both eaglets survive the summer in an environment that is both delicate and unforgiving?

Learn about the life cycle of these stunning birds of prey, the traditions of the Gitxsan, and how bald eagles can enrich their entire ecosystem. Evocative illustration brings the Xsan's flora and fauna to life for middle years readers in book three of the Mothers of Xsan series.

Publishers Weekly
The Eagle Mother by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) and illustrator Natasha Donovan, the third in the Mothers of Xsan series, which offers a perspective on the life cycle of animals important to the land and to people.”
The Globe and Mail
“An incredible celebration of the deep connections that are essential to the relationships between mothers and their children in the animal world. Donovan’s illustrations exquisitely enrich Hudson’s text, beautifully melding Indigenous art motifs into her images of the eagle families.”
Cheriee Weichel, Library Matters
The Eagle Mother is a book loaded with information about the eagle life cycle. What makes it unique is how it puts this information into a context of Indigenous ways of knowing. I can hardly wait to see what this team will offer up next.”
Lancelot Coar, University of Manitoba
“The story you told wove an integrated tapestry of knowledge, experience and a glimpse of the life of these magnificent birds where you come from. The book invites us to better understand a way of living in the world where spirit, place, wildness, and civilization is revealed as an integrated and interdependent life force. A place where the value of a life is linked to the value of a place. The book is a generous gift, and an invitation into your home. Thank you for sharing it with us all.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Lyrical and engaging, The Eagle Mother honours the knowledge and the language of the Gitxsan, showing all readers that the natural world is worth loving and protecting. Highly Recommended.”

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