Berry song

Michaela Goade

Book - 2022

As a young Tlingit girl collects wild berries over the seasons, she sings with her Grandmother as she learns to speak to the land and listen when the land speaks back.

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Subjects
Genres
Children's stories
Picture books
Published
New York : Little, Brown and Company 2022.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Audience
Ages 4-8.
ISBN
9780316494175
0316494178
Main Author
Michaela Goade (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* A young Tlingit girl and her grandmother say thank you—Gunalchéesh!—as they forage the forest for wild berries on their island at the edge of a wide, wild sea in Alaska. Poetic text accompanies their berry song as they catalog the many berries, from the recognizable cranberry, blueberry, and raspberry to the less widely known chalkberry, salmonberry, and thimbleberry. The berries, glowing like little jewels, sing back to them. "We speak to the land as the land speaks to us." The poetic, alliterative text reinforces the melody as they practice their tradition of living off the land. Lustrous deep-toned illustrations in watercolor and mixed media paint the beauty of the wilderness, populated with animals on land and sea. This symphony of song expresses the Tlingits' spiritual connection and deep kinship with the land. Photographs and more information at the book's end stress the importance of preserving and protecting our environment. The glowing pictures and supportive text encourage our stewardship of Mother Earth as Caldecott Medal winner Goade presents another important contribution to both environmental and cultural literature. Aided by endpapers written in both Tlingit and English, try challenging children to repeat the names of all those luscious and juicy fruits. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* A young Tlingit girl and her grandmother say thank you—Gunalchéesh!—as they forage the forest for wild berries on their island at the edge of a wide, wild sea in Alaska. Poetic text accompanies their berry song as they catalog the many berries, from the recognizable cranberry, blueberry, and raspberry to the less widely known chalkberry, salmonberry, and thimbleberry. The berries, glowing like little jewels, sing back to them. "We speak to the land as the land speaks to us." The poetic, alliterative text reinforces the melody as they practice their tradition of living off the land. Lustrous deep-toned illustrations in watercolor and mixed media paint the beauty of the wilderness, populated with animals on land and sea. This symphony of song expresses the Tlingits' spiritual connection and deep kinship with the land. Photographs and more information at the book's end stress the importance of preserving and protecting our environment. The glowing pictures and supportive text encourage our stewardship of Mother Earth as Caldecott Medal winner Goade presents another important contribution to both environmental and cultural literature. Aided by endpapers written in both Tlingit and English, try challenging children to repeat the names of all those luscious and juicy fruits. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Caldecott Medalist Goade's (We Are Water Protectors) solo debut, a Tlingit grandmother and her granddaughter celebrate the earth, foraging through the seasons "on an island at the edge of the wide, wild sea." Gently evocative, reiterative lines trace the grandmother teaching the child narrator to gather "slippery seaweed," catch "silvery salmon," and pick a wide variety of forest berries. When "the berries sing to us," the duo reciprocates in song ("Salmonberry, Cloudberry, Blueberry, Nagoonberry./ Huckleberry, Soapberry, Strawberry, Crowberry"), so that "berry—and bear—know we are here." They also express their gratitude for the gift of life-sustaining food, sing for their ancestors and for the future, and seek to "take care of the land...// As the land takes care of us." Vivid, brilliant hues embolden lushly wrought, soft watercolor and mixed-media illustrations, painting a serene picture of nature and its many gifts in spreads that blur the lines between the landscape and the figures in it. Tapping into themes of people's connection to nature—and nature's to people—the volume crucially invites readers to recognize this intersection. An author's note contextualizes core Tlingit tenets discussed. Ages 4–8. Agent: Kirsten Hall, Catbird Productions. (July) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—This book shares the foraging tradition of a young Tlingit girl and her grandmother living on an island off of the coast of Alaska. The grandmother teaches the young girl which berries to pick and how to say "Gunalchéesh," or give thanks. Told with rhythm to match the song, the duo sings as they pick berries ("Salmonberry, Cloudberry, Blueberry, Nagoonberry. Huckleberry, Soapberry, Strawberry, Crowberry"). The author captures rich language to mirror the beauty of nature. A note cautions young foragers to research and use adult supervision, while the back matter includes a glossary of information on which berries are safe to gather. These additions make this picture book perfect for cross-disciplinary learning with science or social studies. VERDICT Goade calls upon her childhood memories and current home and shares important information about the beauty and utility of nature. Told in rhythm, song, and narrative, the language is rich and evocative—perfect for early elementary readers.—Tracey S. Hodges Copyright 2022 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

As a young Tlingit girl collects wild berries over the seasons, she sings with her Grandmother as she learns to speak to the land and listen when the land speaks back.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An Indie Bestseller! Caldecott Medalist Michaela Goade's first self-authored picture book is a gorgeous celebration of the land she knows well and the powerful wisdom of elders. On an island at the edge of a wide, wild sea, a girl and her grandmother gather gifts from the earth. Salmon from the stream, herring eggs from the ocean, and in the forest, a world of berries. Salmonberry, Cloudberry, Blueberry, Nagoonberry.Huckleberry, Snowberry, Strawberry, Crowberry. Through the seasons, they sing to the land as the land sings to them. Brimming with joy and gratitude, in every step of their journey, they forge a deeper kinship with both the earth and the generations that came before, joining in the song that connects us all. Michaela Goade's luminous rendering of water and forest, berries and jams glows with her love of the land and offers an invitation to readers to deepen their own relationship with the earth.