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Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers Fall 2019

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    9780735269828 9780735265820 Electronic book text, EPUB
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    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient: O
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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: On Sale Date: Oct 01, 2019 Carton Quantity: 24 $21.99 CAD
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By (author): Brittany Luby Illustrated by: Michaela Goade
9780735265813 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Native Canadian Oct 01, 2019
$21.99 CAD
Active 8.5 x 10.63 x 0.41 in 40 pages FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT Tundra Books
Two people navigate their differences with curiosity and openness in this stunning picture book that imagines the first meeting between an Indigenous fisher and a European sailor.

Based on an actual journal entry by French explorer Jacques Cartier from his first expedition to North America in July 1534, this story imagines the first encounter between a European sailor and a Stadaconan fisher. As the two navigate their differences (language, dress, food) with curiosity, the natural world around them notes their similarities. The seagull observes their like shadows, the mosquito notes their equally appealing blood, the mouse enjoys the crumbs both people leave behind.

This story explores how encounters can create community and celebrates varying perspectives and the natural world. It is at once specific and universal. It’s a story based on a primary document and historical research, but it is in equal measure beautifully imagined. It makes room for us to recognize our differences while celebrating our shared humanity.

Debut author Brittany Luby’s background in social justice and history brings a breathtaking depth of insight and understanding to this story and Michaela Goade’s expressive art brings equal life to the creatures and landscapes. An author’s note outlines the historical context as well as situates the story in the present day.

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.

BRITTANY LUBY (Anishinaabe-kwe, atik totem) is the many-greats granddaughter of Chief Kawitaskung, an Anishinaabe leader who signed the North-West Angle Treaty of 1873. With a pen stroke, Kawitaskung agreed to share parts of what is now northwestern Ontario with settlers and their descendants. Because of her many-greats grandfather, Brittany believes that ink is a powerful tool. The words we write lay the foundation for our future. Brittany writes for social justice. She is also a history professor at the University of Guelph, specializing in Indigenous history in North America. This is her first picture book.

Author Residence: Guelph, Ontario

MICHAELA GOADE is a designer and illustrator living and working in Juneau, Alaska. Her childhood was spent in the forests and on the beaches of Southeast Alaska and her artistic style is rooted in the depth and beauty of its landscapes. At the heart of her work is a love for nature, the beautiful region she calls home and a passion for evocative storytelling. Forever inspired by the coastal wilds of Southeast Alaska, she works to capture its magic and honor its vibrant cultures. Michaela, a Tlingit woman, has illustrated a few picture books for an Alaskan nonprofit organization, the Sealaska Heritage Institute; Encounter is her debut with a trade publisher.

Illustrator Residence: Juneau, Alaska

Author Website:

Author Social Media: Twitter: @IndigenousLife; Instagram: @britt.luby | Instagram: @michaelagoade

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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