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Groundwood Books

nipêhon / I Wait

Written by Caitlin Nicholson • Translated by Leona Morin-Neilson

For kids 4 - 7 years old | Published September 01, 2017 | ISBN 9781554989140
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Indigenous

Cover of nipêhon / I Wait

Regular price $18.95 CAD

24 pages | 12.25 in × 8.5 in
Print Format

About this book

nipêhon / I Wait

Caitlin Nicholson • Leona Morin-Neilson

A quiet, gentle story about a family working together written in Cree and English.

A young child, her grandmother and mother are going out to pick wild yarrow. As Grandmother gets ready, the child and her mom wait. Grandmother leads the way to the field of blossoms, where they can finally start to pick … only now they have to wait for Mom!

The simple story, written in Cree and English and accompanied by rich acrylic illustrations, shows the patience, love and humor involved as three generations accommodate one another on a family outing. nipêhon / ??????? / I Wait was translated by Leona Morin-Neilson, who was the inspiration for the book.

This companion volume to Niwechihaw / I Help includes a recipe for yarrow tea, known for its refreshing and soothing effects.

Key Text Features
author’s note

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

With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

About the Creators

Caitlin Nicholson

Caitlin Dale Nicholson is a graduate of the First Nations Studies program at the University of Northern British Columbia, and she teaches art and English at an alternate school in Prince George. She is also learning about traditional plant medicines from Leona Morin-Neilson. Caitlin’s first picture book, Niwechihaw / I Help, has been highly acclaimed. She lives with her family in Prince George.

Leona Morin-Neilson

Leona Morin-Neilson teaches Cree at the “Power of Friendship” Aboriginial Headstart program in Prince George, British Columbia, and at the University of Northern British Columbia. She also teaches people in her community about traditional plants and how they can be used for medicinal purposes.

Awards and Praise

Praise for Niwechihaw / I Help by Caitlin Dale Nicholson with Leona Morin-Neilson:

"A quiet, gentle picture book about a contemporary First Nations family and their ties to one another, their heritage, and their homeland." — Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

“…a quiet narrative…broad brush strokes and blurred colours conveying light and atmosphere as much as personality…the simple verbs in present tense provide a wealth of clues about the workings of the Cree language.” — Toronto Star

“…acrylic-on-canvas paintings give a dream-like feel to the story, making it almost a nostalgic look at childhood…Recommended.” — CM Magazine

“Textured acrylic paintings, done in rich earth tones…portray the sanctity of the natural environment…a sensitive, respectful portrayal of contemporary Native Americans.” — School Library Journal

  • Commended Kirkus Best Picture Books, 2017
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