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A Journey Through the Circle of Life

Elementary

Description

A Journey Through the Circle of Life honours the Métis tradition of respecting the wisdom of elders with this unique bond between a Métis child and her grandfather. Grandfather, Pépère lives on a farm and every chance his granddaughter, Cheyenne has, she visits the farm. Cheyenne’s grandfather teaches her to plant a tree every year to honour Mother Nature and respect the circle of life.  As the years pass, Cheyenne sees her grandfather change as they both grow older. After his death, Cheyenne is very sad and seeks comfort among the trees she has planted with her grandfather. During her visits, she sits by the trees and has conversations with her grandfather. Cheyenne begins to understand the circle of life and she draws on Pépère's teachings to give her peace of mind.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

Appropriate for students from kindergarten to grade 4, the book can be integrated with a unit on families, the environment, or Métis studies. It can also serve as a good resource to help students who are dealing with a loss understand and handle death. 

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    • Appreciating the Natural World
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    • Cultural Diversity
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    • Rituals, Spirituality and Worldviews