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Groundwood Books

As Long as the Rivers Flow

Written by Larry Loyie • Illustrated by Heather Holmlund • Written by Constance Brissenden

For students in grades - 3 | Published September 04, 2005 | ISBN 9780888996961

Cover of As Long as the Rivers Flow

Regular price $12.95 CAD

48 pages | 10 in × 7.25 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

As Long as the Rivers Flow

Larry Loyie • Heather Holmlund • Constance Brissenden

Winner of the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction

In the 1800s, the education of First Nations children was taken on by various churches, in government-sponsored residential schools. Children were forcibly taken from their families in order to erase their traditional languages and cultures.

As Long as the Rivers Flow is the story of Larry Loyie's last summer before entering residential school. It is a time of learning and adventure. He cares for an abandoned baby owl and watches his grandmother make winter moccasins. He helps the family prepare for a hunting and gathering trip.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.5
Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

About the Creators

Larry Loyie

Larry Loyie is the author of several plays, short stories and children's stories dealing with native traditions, literacy and residential schools.

Heather Holmlund

Heather D. Holmund studied fine art and the visual arts at York University, specializing in watercolour. Most recently she has focused on painting people as they relate to the natural world.

Constance Brissenden

Constance Brissenden is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of nine books of travel and history.

Awards and Praise
Holmlund's realistic and detailed watercolors expertly illuminate events throughout the story, in vignettes, plates, and a few full-page pictures.
  • Winner Norma Fleck Non-fiction Award, 2003
  • Commended Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice, 2004
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