Saturday, September 12, 2009

Muskrat Will Be Swimming

Muskrat Will Be Swimming
Cheryl Savageau
Illustrated by Robert Hynes
Paperback, $7.95, ISBN 978-0-88448-280-2
9 x 10, 32 pages, color illustrations
Children / Native American; Grades 3-6


This 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.

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,

Cheryl will read Muskrat Will Be Swimming at a reading on September 13th at 3:00 in Concord, New Hampshire at the Sculpture Garden.

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