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:
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)
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).
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 is the author of several plays, short stories and children's stories dealing with native traditions, literacy and residential schools.
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 is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of nine books of travel and history.
Awards and Praise
- Winner Norma Fleck Non-fiction Award, 2003
- Commended Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice, 2004