A Deer in the Woods
Zoe and the Fawn by Catherine Jameson and Julie Flett is a gentle, loving tale akin to the famous Are You My Mother? When Zoe and her dad are out doing chores they see a baby fawn asleep under an aspen tree which sparks a hunt for the fawn’s mother. Meeting many other animals along the way, we not only learn their English names but also their syilx (Okanagan) names.
Through Catherine Jameson’s choice to use repetitive text and share with us, through the help of traditional knowledge/language specialist Richard Armstrong, the syilx language she has created a memorable story and one that aids in the preservation of languages. The story provides representation for Indigenous children and demonstrates to all readers that all languages are important and worth learning. After a few readings your child will be able to join in the telling of the story thanks to the repetition and the gentle flow of the story. The incredible Julie Flett lends her unique artistic touch to this story weaving in her beautiful illustrations to guide the story from beginning to end.