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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 Own...
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 Own...
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  • 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 Own Voices 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 mîna

    At 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 book
  • A pronunciation guide and link to audio pronunciation recordings
  • Praise 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)

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  • Kirkus

    March 15, 2021
    Everyone loves to play! Award-winning author/illustrator Flett shares the joyful antics of young animals as they romp in much the same way as human children. The rhythmic text offers both rich vocabulary and a page-turning chant. Woodland animals "hide and hop / and sniff and sneak" while Indigenous children, depicted in differing shades of brown, run, skip, jump, and hunt for butterflies. "We play too! kim�taw�naw m�na," they proclaim in the refrain. Aquatic animals "swim and squirt / and bubble and bend" while children swim under the water and float on its surface, in inner tubes. On the prairie, snakes "slip and slide" through the grass while buffalo "rumble and roll." And bears "wiggle and wobble" as both they and children play (in separate double-page spreads) in the snow. At last, "side by side, animals fall asleep," and after a day full of fun, "we do too. n�stan�n m�na." The animals are not named within the primary text, leaving it to readers to identify the hopping bunnies, the spouting beluga whale calves, and the yawning wolf pups. Flett's characteristically minimalist compositions are deceptively simple. Readers who slow down to look will be charmed by the cricket that hops in tandem with a rabbit and the fox that stares in bemusement at a turtle. This celebration of nature is sprinkled with words from the Cree language, and a closing glossary provides both Cree and English names of the animals depicted; a note provides guidance on Cree pronunciation for readers not familiar with the language. Simple text and bold, graphic illustrations celebrate our interconnection with the creatures who share our world. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)

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  • Booklist

    April 1, 2021
    Preschool-Grade 2 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! / kim�taw�naw m�na." 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-M�tis 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.

    COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from August 1, 2021

    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! kim�taw�naw m�na." 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, LLC Used with permission.

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