For National Aboriginal History Month we’ll be dedicating our June posts to Aboriginal titles published by Groundwood Books.
Elaine McLeod, the author of Lessons from Mother Earth, is a member of the Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nation. The stories she writes were originally told to her children so that they would know their history and understand their roots. Here are just a few of the illustrations created by illustrator Colleen Wood.
Tess has visited her grandmother many times without really being aware of the garden. But today they step outside the door and Tess learns that all of nature can be a garden. And if you take care of the plants that are growing, if you learn about them — understanding when they flower, when they give fruit, and when to leave them alone — you will always find something to nourish you. This gentle story demonstrates the First Nations’ tradition of taking care of Mother Earth.