TIMELY MESSAGE: In a time of great political and social upheaval, a book encouraging us to understand each other, to put ourselves in each other’s shoes, is more important than ever.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: A detailed author’s note gives historical context and connects the book to today’s world. Full author’s note in “Additional Selling Points.”
ENTRY POINT INTO DIFFICULT SUBJECT: Unfortunately, many encounters between Europeans and Indigenous people did not fulfill the potential looked at in Encounter. The violence wrought on Indigenous peoples and communities, as well as the environment, by European explorers and settlers is a difficult subject to discuss with young readers, but this book is an entry point for parents, teachers and children to begin to understand this history.
CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE: By understanding a difficult past through an exploration of what could have been, Luby’s brilliant text encourages young readers to see what unites us all under the sun. Her author’s note provides invaluable insight here.
OWN VOICES: Both author and illustrator bring their personal experiences as Indigenous people to this at once deeply personal and universal story.
DIVERSITY: The need for picture books that express diverse perspectives and stories continues to grow in all markets. Encounter has equal trade, institutional and gift appeal.
STUNNING ILLUSTRATIONS: In a style at once modern and classic, Goade depicts both landscapes and characters with equal skill, bringing out as much life in the sun and water as in the seagull and mouse.
“Encounter is less ahistoric than it is trying to imagine an alternative history. The illustrations are gorgeous and achingly rendered…. Together [the author and illustrator] have created a standout.” —New York Times
“[Goade’s] stunning use of nature is a captivating reminder that point of view plays a significant role in what one sees (or doesn’t see), noting that it’s always worth looking from a new vantage point.” —Shelf Awareness
“This [book] is highly recommended for school and classroom use. It would make an excellent read-aloud with prompts for further discussion and placement within the context of Canadian history.” —Resource Links
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