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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 kids 8 - 12 years old | Published July 03, 2020 | ISBN 9781773065557
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Indigenous

Cover of As Long as the Rivers Flow

Regular price $9.95 CAD

48 pages
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

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.

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
Loyie's quite words and Holmlund's authentic watercolor art capture the happy wilderness home...
  • Winner Norma Fleck Non-fiction Award, 2003
  • Commended Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice, 2004