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Be a Good Ancestor
By (author): Leona Prince By (author): Gabrielle Prince Illustrated by: Carla Joseph
Leona Prince , Gabrielle Prince ,

Illustrated by :

Carla Joseph


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Sewn, Laminated cover
Hardcover , Picture book, Sewn, Laminated cover


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) P - K, Grade (US) P - K, Reading age 3 - 5
May 17, 2022
Print Run: 8000
$21.95 CAD


8.5in x 10 x 0.38 in | 360 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


16 Colour illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Activism & Social Justice
Children’s picture books|Children’s / Teenage fiction: Stories in verse|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Multicultural|Children’s / Teenage social topics: Environment, sustainability and green issues|Interest age: from c 3 years
Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award 2023, Nominated CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2022, Commended
  • Short Description
In this beautifully illustrated picture book, a repeated call to action reminds young readers that everything in our world is connected.
Be a good Ancestor with your thoughts. Thoughts become ideas. Ideas become actions. Actions become movements. Movements become change.

Rooted in Indigenous teachings, this stunning picture book encourages readers of all ages to consider the ways in which they live in connection to the world around them and to think deeply about their behaviors.

Addressing environmental issues, animal welfare, self-esteem and self-respect, and the importance of community, the authors deliver a poignant and universal message in an accessible way: Be a good ancestor to the world around you. Thought-provoking stanzas offer a call to action for each one of us to consider how we affect future generations. Every decision we make ripples out, and we can affect the world around us by thinking deeply about those decisions.

Key Selling Points

  • An #ownvoices call to action for young readers to consider their connection to the world.
  • Encourages empathy and inspires readers to think mindfully.
  • Repetitive stanzas are thought-provoking and deliver a critical message.
  • The author is the District Principal of Aboriginal Education for School District 91 (Nechako Lakes).
  • The illustrator was the 2016 Artist in Residence for the community of Prince George.
  • Also available as a dual-language (English and Nedut'en) version.

Leona Prince is from the Lake Babine Nation and Nak’azdli Whut'en and belongs to the Likh Tsa Mis Yu (Beaver) Clan. She is a descendant of Chief Kwah and Stiche. Leona is an award-winning educator and is currently the District Principal of Aboriginal Education for School District 91 (Nechako Lakes). She is the author of A Dance Through the Seasons, published by WaveMaker Press. Leona lives in Burns Lake, British Columbia.

Gabrielle Prince is from the Lake Babine Nation and Nak’azdli Whut'en and belongs to the Likh Tsa Mis Yu (Beaver) Clan. Gabrielle is presently a full-time student at the University of Northern British Columbia, where she is pursuing a bachelor of science degree, majoring in psychology. She is the co-owner of Fireweed Canada Education Inc.

Carla Joseph is a Cree artist originally from Prince George, British Columbia. In 2016 Carla was the Artist in Residence for the Prince George Community Arts Council, and she has done design work for several organizations, including the Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia, Northern Health and the First Nations Health Authority. Carla loves the way she makes people feel with her art. It inspires her to continue with her gift, and she loves to challenge herself by taking on many different types of projects, many of which can be seen around her community. Carla lives in Chilliwack, British Columbia.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

“A profound reminder, both in story and illustrations, of the beauty and potential that lies within each and every one of us.” - Monique Gray Smith, award-winning author of My Heart Fills With Happiness

“A beautiful call to action…A perfect read for teaching about empathy and demonstrating the ways we are all connected. Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“So much to look at and discuss. In this short book the authors have helped readers begin to think about answers to the question: “How do you live now to help future generations?”…Will surely find a place in classrooms and libraries, especially as talk turns to Earth Day later this spring. Recommended.” - School Library Connection

“A perfect read-aloud for introducing the importance of caring for the earth.” - Booklist

“The message by authors Leona Prince and Gabrielle Prince to ‘be a good ancestor’ is a deceptively simple and poignant one…These wise words are accompanied by breathtaking illustrations…A book for readers of all ages.” - Vancouver Writers Fest

“A stunning, holistic body of work (both text and art) which is grounded in the teachings of many Indigenous Nation's worldviews...Highly recommended for home, school and public libraries." - Canadian Children's Book News

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