We all play Kimêtawânaw

Julie Flett

Book - 2021

"Join celebrated artist Julie Flett on a joyful romp with animals. From chasing, chirping birds, to swimming, squirting whales, this book for young readers reminds them how animals play just like them. This picture book, with gorgeous images and sweet simple text, is a marvelous celebration of the interconnectedness of all creatures, and includes some Cree phrases. It is based on the Cree teaching of wahkohtowin, interconnectedness and play, and includes as well the English and Cree names o...f the animals in the book, all of whom are from 'Turtle Island' (North America)."--

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books for children
Juvenile works
Picture books
Published
Vancouver ; Berkeley : Greystone Kids [2021]
Language
English
Cree
Physical Description
38 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781771646079
1771646071
9781771646093
1771646098
Main Author
Julie Flett (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This beautifully illustrated book introduces a series of young animals at play, then relates their activities to those of children. Spanning eight pages, the first of four sections in the minimalist text reads, "Animals hide and hop / and sniff and sneak / and peek and peep. / We play too! / kimêtawânaw mîna." Closing each section, the Cree phrase reiterates, "We play too." The second section involves aquatic animals, followed by children swimming, and the third features snakes, bison, and bears in motion, concluding with kids sledding down a snow-covered hill. The final section includes bats roosting, wolf pups yawning, and drowsy children going to sleep. Flett, a Cree-Métis writer and illustrator who lives in Canada, chooses pairs of words that read aloud well. An appended list pairs English words for 13 animals (plus child and baby) with their Cree equivalents. In the art, the simplified forms of animals and children are often silhouetted against parchment-like backgrounds, while color and shading help define the characters' shapes. A handsome, understated picture book affirming our oneness with nature. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Cree-Métis artist Flett (Birdsong) starts with quiet, elegant portraits of animals at play attended by brief, motion-filled lines of text. Velvety dark brown rabbits jump across the page ("Animals hide/ and hop"); a fox investigates a turtle as kits peer timidly from the page's edge ("and sniff/ and sneak"); an owlet peeks out from the page as others cluster together, their new wings delicately etched ("and peek/and peep"). Then a group of small children of various skin tones appears, leaping, jumping, and lying on their backs in tall grass as butterflies flit above. "We play too! kimêtawânaw mîna" they say. An author's note defines the Cree phrase as "living in relationship and in care to one another" and discusses the kinship between animals and people, whether "running and hopping through the grass or... pondering creatures in the creek." In spare compositions, Flett aptly underlines this idea by showing animals and humans embracing play in similar ways (snakes slide, children sled down a hill in the snow), until at last, "slowly, side by side," everyone sleeps. Also includes a glossary and pronunciation guide. Ages up to 7. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (May) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Cree-Métis artist Flett (Birdsong) starts with quiet, elegant portraits of animals at play attended by brief, motion-filled lines of text. Velvety dark brown rabbits jump across the page ("Animals hide/ and hop"); a fox investigates a turtle as kits peer timidly from the page's edge ("and sniff/ and sneak"); an owlet peeks out from the page as others cluster together, their new wings delicately etched ("and peek/and peep"). Then a group of small children of various skin tones appears, leaping, jumping, and lying on their backs in tall grass as butterflies flit above. "We play too! kimêtawânaw mîna" they say. An author's note defines the Cree phrase as "living in relationship and in care to one another" and discusses the kinship between animals and people, whether "running and hopping through the grass or... pondering creatures in the creek." In spare compositions, Flett aptly underlines this idea by showing animals and humans embracing play in similar ways (snakes slide, children sled down a hill in the snow), until at last, "slowly, side by side," everyone sleeps. Also includes a glossary and pronunciation guide. Ages up to 7. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (May) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—This delightful picture book features woodland animals, found in North America, mirroring playtime for children: "Animals hide and hop and sneak and sniff and peep. We play, too! kimêtawânaw mîna." The children are happy, playing and tiring themselves out, then resting by the end of the book. It is a great bedtime story. The words in English are simple and could easily be memorized and then recognized by early readers. The illustrations are warm and inviting; the animal families are depicted in soft, smudged painterly colors. At the end of the book is a glossary of Cree words for the animals in singular, plural, and diminutive forms, along with words for child and baby. The pronunciation for these words can be found on a website. The author's note provides a summary of the book, explaining the kinship between humans and animals in Cree culture and the interconnectedness to "the land, plants, the earth, wind, water and sky." VERDICT Add to any library collection and pair it with Julie Flett's Birdsong.—Danielle Burbank, Farmington, NM Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

From Julie Flett, the beloved author and illustrator of Birdsong, comes a joyous new book about playtime for babies, toddlers, and kids up to age 7. Animals and kids love to play! This wonderful book celebrates playtime and the connection between children and the natural world. Beautiful illustrations show:birds who chase and chirp!bears who wiggle and wobble!whales who swim and squirt!owls who peek and peep!and a diverse group of kids who love to do the same, shouting: We play too! / kimêtawânaw mînaAt the end of the book, animals and children gently fall asleep after a fun day of playing outside, making this book a great bedtime story. A beautiful ode to the animals and humans we share our world with, We All Play belongs on every bookshelf.This book also includes:A glossary of Cree words for wild animals in the bookA pronunciation guide and link to audio pronunciation recordingsPraise for Julie Flett's previous book, Birdsong: An American Indian Youth Literature Honor Title A 2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Title A Best Book of 2019 in Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Horn Book. "Cree-Métis author/illustrator Julie Flett's smooth and lyrical words and gorgeous... images truly capture the warmth and solidarity of the female protagonists in this tender intergenerational friendship story.''The Horn Book "Emotionally stunning.''Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)'simple and profound, this tender story is a reminder that finding a new friend can make a new place feel like home. Highly recommended for purchase.''School Library Journal (Starred Review)"Flett's subtle, sensitive story delicately traces filaments of growth and loss through intergenerational friendship, art making, and changing moons and seasons.''Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR: New York Times, Washington Post, New York Public Library, Kirkus Reviews, Globe and Mail, Horn Book, and Boston GlobeSTARRED Reviews in Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, The Horn Book, School Library JournalA 2022 Best Book for Babies From Julie Flett, the beloved author and illustrator of Birdsong, comes a joyous new book about playtime for babies, toddlers, and kids up to age 7. Animals and kids love to play! This wonderful book celebrates playtime and the connection between children and the natural world. Beautiful illustrations show:birds who chase and chirp!bears who wiggle and wobble!whales who swim and squirt!owls who peek and peep!and a diverse group of kids who love to do the same, shouting: We play too! / kimêtawânaw mînaAt the end of the book, animals and children gently fall asleep after a fun day of playing outside, making this book a great bedtime story. A beautiful ode to the animals and humans we share our world with, We All Play belongs on every bookshelf.This book also includes:A glossary of Cree words for wild animals in the bookA pronunciation guide and link to audio pronunciation recordings