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Muskrat Will Be Swimming

Muskrat Will Be Swimming

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Muskrat Will Be Swimming

MUSKRAT WILL BE SWIMMING, by Cheryl Savageau, is a quiet tale of a Native American girl who, with gentle guidance from her grandfather, learns to find strength, not fear, in her identity as a Native person living in an Anglo society. Beautifully illustrated and complete with a Seneca creation story, Muskrat Will Be Swimming demonstrates how the ancient stories of Native American cultures are used to help today’s children find their way in the world. It is a treasure for all who have ever dealt with the fear of being different.

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MUSKRAT WILL BE SWIMMING, by Cheryl Savageau, is a quiet tale of a Native American girl who, with gentle guidance from her grandfather, learns to find strength, not fear, in her identity as a Native person living in an Anglo society. Beautifully illustrated and complete with a Seneca creation story, Muskrat Will Be Swimming demonstrates how the ancient stories of Native American cultures are used to help today’s children find their way in the world. It is a treasure for all who have ever dealt with the fear of being different.

Reviews:

“This exquisite, multifaceted tribute to the power of story incorporates issues of cultural diversity, empathy, the environment, and, most universally, intergenerational guidance and love. A Native American girl is ostracized because she lives in “shanty town,” a collection of trailers and abandoned vacation cottages along the lake. Jeannie and the other children from her neighborhood have been labeled  “Lake Rats.” At first, she tries to tell her classmates of the pleasures of nature she regularly experiences. After enough taunting, she decides to keep her feelings to herself. It is the gentle guidance of her grandfather that finally brings Jeannie from shame to appreciation. He leads the child to consider muskrats, the real “lake rats,” in a new light. After a vivid dream, Jeannie performs a fitting ritual that establishes her own oneness with the lake and provides her with a newfound sense of well being. Hynes is equally adept at capturing human emotions and the beauty of nature. Full- and half-page illustrations are arranged with an eye-catching use of white space. An interesting note describes the role of stories in Native American cultures, recommends additional reading, and adds more information about muskrats. A unique book with an important message.” -Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin  County Library System, Harrisburg, PA, From Library School Journal: Grade 2-6

“Living in a lakeside community of “cellar holes, trailers, and old winterized cottages,” a girl of Native American and French descent loves her home, but feels demeaned when classmates call her a lake rat. She confides in Grampa, who listens, questions, and reminds her of a legend concerning Muskrat. A dream and a symbolic dive into the lake help the girl fully accept where she’s from and who she is. The delicate artwork, done in acrylics and colored pencils, has an appealing, luminous quality. A change in typography marks the telling of the muskrat legend, midway through the girl’s story. A handsome picture book that makes its statement quietly and effectively.” -Carolyn Phelan, Booklist: Ages 6-8

“…Elegantly illustrated..with Seneca creation story… a treasure for all who have ever dealt with the fear of being different.” -Books In Print, Summer 2006

“…inspiring story…elegantly illustrated…award winning and very strongly recomended addition to elementary school and community library picture-book collections.” -The Midwest Book Review, January 2007

“…story gently flows…perfectly complemented by stunning full-page color illustrations.” -Multicultural Review, Vol 15, #3 Fall 2006

“…thoughtful, evocative tale of a little girl … proud of her heritage, but hurt by the other kids’ teasing…charming story…” -Kennebec Journal, July 22, 2007

Honors and Awards:

Notable Books for Children, Smithsonian Magazine

Skipping Stones Honor Award

About the Author/Illustrator:

Cheryl Savageau grew up a “lake rat” on the shores of a lake in Massachusetts, where she spent a lot of time swimming, canoeing, and walking the shoreline. She is French and Abenaki. She lives in New Hampshire now with her husband Bill and three cats. Cheryl is a poet, quilter, and storyteller, and teaches part-time at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

Robert Hynes’s murals at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., launched his career, and he has illustrated several dozen adult and children’s books for the National Geographic Society and other publishers. He lives in Rockville, Maryland.

Additional Information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 9 x 10.00 x 0.254 in
Pages

32

Illustrator

Robert Hynes

ISBN

978-0-88448-280-2

Format

Paperback

Author

Cheryl Savageau

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