- Author Bio
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.
Author Website: michaelagoade.com
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