Wild Berries/Pikaci-Mīnisa by Julie Flett
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Simply Read Books
I love Wild Berries for many reasons so let me attempt to articulate some of them.
1. Wild Berries/ Pikaci-Mīnisa celebrates the Cree language. While the version I read is written in English, there is another version written entirely in Cree. In my version, certain words are written in both English and Cree and there is a pronunciation guide present at the back of the book so that parents reading to their children can ensure they are pronouncing the words correctly.
2. The sweetness and understated relationship between grandparent and grandchild is so wonderfully expressed in a time when grandparents are considered boring and unworthy of time for whatever reasons.
3. The art perfectly suits the story.
4. The celebration of nature and the idea that one can take from nature without exploiting it. Whether it is traditional or something adopted by people who are waking up and becoming aware of their own place on the earth, I think this picturebook very beautifully shows that one doesn’t need to take all the time or even when one is harvesting from nature, one can give back in whatever small way.
These are the major reasons I love this book but really there is no reason not to. The book is constructed so beautifully whether with the dust jacket on or without it.