- By Julie Flett

Wild Berries

  • Title: Wild Berries
  • Author: Julie Flett
  • ISBN: 9781897476895
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Wild Berries Tch tch sh sh tup tup Spend the day picking wild blueberries with Clarence and his grandmother Meet ant spider and fox in a beautiful woodland landscape the ancestral home of author and illust

    Tch, tch, sh, sh, tup, tup.Spend the day picking wild blueberries with Clarence and his grandmother Meet ant, spider, and fox in a beautiful woodland landscape, the ancestral home of author and illustrator Julie Flett This book is written in both English and Cree, in particular the n dialect, also known as Swampy Cree from the Cumberland House area Wild Berries is alsoTch, tch, sh, sh, tup, tup.Spend the day picking wild blueberries with Clarence and his grandmother Meet ant, spider, and fox in a beautiful woodland landscape, the ancestral home of author and illustrator Julie Flett This book is written in both English and Cree, in particular the n dialect, also known as Swampy Cree from the Cumberland House area Wild Berries is also available in the n dialect Cree, from the Cross Lake, Norway House area, published by Simply Read Books.

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    1. Wild Berries is a simple and lovely picturebook by a Cree-Métis author/illustrator, which celebrates nature, the tradition of picking wild blueberries, and the n-dialect Cree language, also known as Swampy Cree from the Cumberland House area. The words in the n-dialect Cree are sprinkled and translated throughout the English text, and the back matter includes a pronunciation guide, glossary, and a recipe for the wild blueberry jam.Julie Flett's paper collage and paint illustrations are intricat [...]

    2. I do love Flett's work. I read this for the illustrations but there's so much more to love. The text is graceful & poetic. There's a great attention to detail, for example the different kinds of blueberries grandma and Clarence favor. There's a glossary & pronunciation guide, an author's note on language, and a recipe for blueberry jam.A treasure for any classroom or family.

    3. Beautiful and highly evocative cut-paper art illustrates a simple yet appealing story about a contemporary Cree boy and his grandmother going berry picking and observing the plants and creatures around them. Good themes of harmony with nature, with words from the "Swampy Cree" dialect worked into the text in a lovely typeface.Great for lapsitters and small-group storytimes, and a wonderful portrayal of modern Cree people carrying on some traditions while living in the modern world of sneakers an [...]

    4. Lovely images here. A young boy and his grandmother go berry-picking in the woods. I don't know much about First Nations or Aboriginal languages, but I appreciate learning about other cultures through language. The author, who is of Cree-Métis descent, spent a lot of time researching the right Cree dialect for this story. Well done.

    5. Gorgeous illustrations and simple story accompanied by a lot of great language information in the back. I thought this was a really lovely little book.

    6. This minimalist picture book is simple and lovely. It is also one of the only bilingual titles I can think of that features an American Indian language (Cree).

    7. A young boy and his grandmother venture into the wooded fields to pick berries. Readers are introduced to simple cree words along the way toddler and up

    8. Wild Berries is such a charming story about a little boy and his grandmother going out to collect blueberries. The two enjoy nature, each other’s company, and of course blueberries. Grandma likes soft sweet ones, while Clarence likes large sour ones.Flett’s illustrations have this very modern quality to them that is just beautiful. They are simple but not simplistic and there is always plenty to look at. I love her use of a muted, natural palette. It fits well with the wild berry picking sto [...]

    9. Clarence has gone berry picking with his grandmother since he was a baby. Now he is big enough to carry his own bucket as they walk and sing. The two of them pick the berries, Grandma looking for the sweet ones and Clarence for the bigger, sour ones that pop. They pick the berries and eat the berries. Then Clarence looks around the woods and sees different insects, spiders, and a fox. It is time to go home, they say thank you and walk back home together.This book weaves Cree into the story, sepa [...]

    10. In this multicultural picture book, the main character, Clarence, went blueberry-picking with his grandma. This a tradition of Native American people. Because he was such a small child, he couldn't handle the trek and she had to carry him on her back. Now that he is bigger he is able to carry his own bucket for the berries. As he picks them, he can't help but eat them and they make his lips turn purple. He looks around at his surroundings as he goes and watches creatures all around him like an a [...]

    11. Wild Berries is a very sweet and delightful book about picking berries. Clarence goes berry-picking with his/her Grandma. The picture with the blue color on Clarence's lips after eating some blueberries is very impressionable. The theme of book is really the simple act of picking berries and enjoying a good time with family. The book is playful with introducing the Cree words in a red italics font. The story puts a nice play on words and sounds, like "tch, tch. It tickles." Very nice visual and [...]

    12. I will always purchase books about American Indians actually written and illustrated BY American Indians. This is a brand new one that I am very excited about.Clarence grew up riding on his grandmothers back while she picked blueberries in the fields. Now he is grown enough to have his own bucket to fill. His grandmother watches for bears as they walk into the blueberry fields. As they pick the berries they encounter deer (or elk), foxes and enjoy observing the spiders and birds.I love that this [...]

    13. This is a simple story about a Cree grandmother and her grandson going to the woods to pick wild blueberries. Cree words are included in the text. The book is graphically strong and quite beautiful with stylized illustrations that spotlight both the close relationship between the characters and their appreciation of the natural world.Back matter includes a pronunciation guide, a glossary, a recipe for blueberry jam and acknowledgements. The author illustrator is Cree-Metis and has received the G [...]

    14. A simple book featuring the Cree "n" dialect language. As Clarence grows older, he continues to enjoy the company of his grandma, encountering many aspects of nature within the woods. It is a peaceful existence where they harvest the berries that grow there. While the written words have no plot, they are meant to exude this atmosphere, as well as teach a few words from the language. The pictures are another thing entirely. They have a cut-and-paste paper feel made in mostly earth tones. It is th [...]

    15. A little boy (beginning as a baby on his grandma's back) picks blueberries with his grandma. Several animals of the forest make an appearance (spiders, fox, deer, birds).The book has words in Cree (the n-dialect; there are several dialects of Cree, an Algonquin language) from the Cumberland House area, with a pronunciation guide in the back. Illustrations by Julie Flett are very striking -- would like to know more about how they are done.Translation by Earl N. Cook. Wild berries/pikaci-minisaSim [...]

    16. Beautiful illustrations and an endearing story of a grandmother and grandson picking berries together. The book is told in English and includes words from the Cree language. I was totally unfamiliar with Cree language and this book taught me that it is considered an aboriginal language with many dialects from Canada. Even though I am sure I am pronouncing the words wrong in my head, the sounds they made seemed to connect the story more to nature. "When Clarence was little, his grandma carried hi [...]

    17. This includes the Cree language for certain words which is fun. Thankfully there is a pronunciation guide. The book is about a grandmother and grandson picking blueberries each year There is also a sense of all the wildlife and the peace where they are picking. In the illustrations there are wonderful details such as what their dog is doing. The thing that I liked the most was the sense of thanksgiving that is within the book.

    18. Oh so beautiful. These images are stunning. I love use of red midst the otherwise neutral background. It's a simple tale of a young boy going wild blueberry picking with his grandma. The integration of Cree words in the text makes the experience feel magical; a connection to another time and place. The whole book reminded me of my own experiences as a child, heading off with my family into the wild to pick berries. Like Grandma, we also made sure to "check for bears maskwak."

    19. A quiet beauty is this story of a Grandmother and grandson picking wild blueberries in the forest. The illustrations convey the low light and quiet found in a forest and a bi orange red sun is always just beyond the forest. A number of books have been published inserting Spanish vocabulary into the sentence, but this one inserts Cree from the Algonquian language, in fact it is the "n" dialect or Swampy Cree that is used. A very interesting picture book.

    20. This book is SO beautiful. It is about a boy and his grandmother picking blueberries in the native land in northern Canada. It is written in English, but has words in the Cree language mixed throughout. The story is simple, but the illustrations are beautiful. I think I would like to read this to my daughter so I can look at the pictures over and over again. I bet I will find something new in them each time I read.

    21. Lovely, quiet, informative yet simple prose depicting Cree language. Although the fancy font is beautiful, it may be difficult for youngsters to enjoy this book on their own. Not a problem, just an indication of the need for a special person with whom to share this beautiful excursion into the woodlands to collect a special treat!

    22. This is a multicultural, dual- dialect book about a young boy picking blueberries with his Native grandmother. This book could be used to teach about different languages, as there is a Cree word or phrase on each page, as well as English. This book was written for preschool aged kids, and there is no content matter that would be a concern to parents.

    23. A quiet story of a boy and grandmother going out to pick wild blueberries. One word on each two page spread is translated into Swampy Cree "n" dialect (there is an explanation and pronunciation guide in the back). Besides picking berries, the boy observes the natural world around him.Back matter also includes directions to make wild blueberry jam.

    24. A boy and his grandmother pick blueberries. This book is filled with small, endearing details as well as bilingual vocabulary from the cree language (Algonquian). My favorite part is that the pair say thank you when they leave the clearing. Beautiful art and both a pronunciation guide and a recipe for wild blueberry jam at the back.

    25. This book is about growing up and teaches the reader a few Cree words. Clarence no longer has to be carried by his grandmother; he is responsible for himself in the forest. I could talk with my class about how their parents are giving them more responsibility and could even make the blueberry jam recipe at the end of the book.

    26. I wasn't raise Cree or Aboriginal but I do remember picking berries as a child. It was a lot of one for the bucket, two for me. This is a much more beautiful story, well written and illustrated with a useful Cree glossary at the end. More for a single reader in size than a large group story time format.

    27. The illustrations are beautiful. My one son who enjoys books with beauty really likes the pictures in this book. The text had Algonquin words in it which although nice were difficult to pronounce and made this a clumsy read. If I read it again I would skip the vocabulary words unless my kids were interested in knowing them.

    28. An interesting story of a boy and hos grandmother who go berry picking and all the things they see along the way. This books is especially interesting because some of the words are in Cree and English.

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