Siha Tooskin Knows the Catcher of Dreams

Siha Tooskin Knows series

This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.

Buy this Book on

You must sign in to see if this title is available for request.
Pub Date 26 May 2020 | Archive Date 30 Apr 2020
Portage & Main Press, HighWater Press

Talking about this book? Use #SihaTooskinKnowsTheCatcherOfDreams #NetGalley. More hashtag tips!


Description

A new baby due any day AND a visit from his grandparents!

Siha Tooskin (Paul) takes his expert bike riding to a whole new level to make sure he doesn’t miss a thing. At home, Mugoshin (Grandmother) is creating a very special gift to protect the precious little one. Join Paul as he enjoys delicious bannock, imagines the future of a new baby sister, and listens to Mugoshin’s teachings about the catcher of dreams.

The Siha Tooskin Knows series uses vivid narratives and dazzling illustrations in contemporary settings to share stories about an 11-year-old Nakota boy.

A new baby due any day AND a visit from his grandparents!

Siha Tooskin (Paul) takes his expert bike riding to a whole new level to make sure he doesn’t miss a thing. At home, Mugoshin (Grandmother)...


Advance Praise

Charlene and Wilson have managed to capture the waves of excitement and anxiousness that come with dancing in a powwow. Their storytelling honours the dances and the community that forms around these events. They do not shy away from the negative history of colonization, but do so gently as a means of reinforcing why powwows are so important to our people. Siha Tooskin Knows the Love of the Dance, with its words and illustrations, is a love letter to our family, culture, resilience, and pride.
—Tanya Talaga, journalist and author 

Reconciliation is a big word, and it is a big job. Authors Wilson and Charlene Bearhead show us that even storybook characters can help when they are brought alive in authentic cultural settings. Meet Paul Wahasaypa, also known as Siha Tooskin or Little Foot, as he dances his way through these colourful pages, sharing some of the things he loves most with his new, non-Indigenous friend Jeff...his culture, his powwow dances, and even his beloved Uncle Lenard with all his teachings and teasing! More than an adventure between new friends, this is a colourful, youth-friendly, cultural exchange based on kindness, respect, and willingness to share and to learn.
—Marie Wilson, Commissioner, TRC of Canada, 2009-2015

Charlene and Wilson have managed to capture the waves of excitement and anxiousness that come with dancing in a powwow. Their storytelling honours the dances and the community that forms around these...


Marketing Plan

National and regional publicity and advertising campaigns

Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences

National and regional publicity and advertising campaigns

Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences


Available Editions

EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9781553798323
PRICE $18.95 (USD)

Links

Available on NetGalley

Send To Kindle (PDF)
Download (PDF)

Average rating from 12 members


Featured Reviews

“Siha Tooskin Knows – The Catcher of Dreams” is one in a series of Siha Tooskin Knows books that follows the life of Siha Tooskin, a young Indigenous boy (who also has the English name Paul). In this book Siha Tooskin’s mother is about to give birth to another baby so Siha Tooskin’s grandparents come to stay with him. His grandmother begins to tell him the story of the dream catcher along with the importance of this often-commercialized object. I love the sense of family we get from this book and how much importance Siha Tooskin’s grandmother places on the family unit, especially in a time where many Indigenous families are still actively being destroyed by systemic inequalities. As a teacher, I appreciated the mention of the Truth and Reconicilliation Commission and the way teachers are still learning how to accurately represent Indigenous peoples. The illustrations are beautiful (especially the full page ones) and the grade level for reading is somewhere around grades 3-5 but the content is also perfect for grades 7 & 8 history. Overall, a great read perfect for K-8 classrooms alike.

Was this review helpful?

Siha Tooksin, an 11-year-old Nakota child, is having a stellar day. A new baby is on the way, his grandparents have come to visit, and there is fresh bannock to snack on. Plus he gets to enjoy a story while his Mugoshin makes a dream catcher for the newest member of his family. A charming book, great for both learning about dream catchers and children in homes that are expecting new babies. The foreground images of the art are great, but the backgrounds are lacking and seem particularly flat against such well-drawn characters. Siha Tooskin Knows The Catcher of Dreams is a solid-written, contemporary, middle-grade story for elementary students. A good addition to any library seeking to have a more inclusive collection. Appropriate for ages 9 - 11.

Was this review helpful?

This series of books is awesome, I have enjoyed every single one! This story is so sweet; Paul is expecting a new member of his family to arrive any day, and it is going to be a girl. Paul's hope and dreams for his new sister made me tear up, he wishes so many amazing things for her in her life. I loved learning about the history of the dream catcher and what each part of the dream catcher symbolizes. Mugoshin (grandmother) creating a dream catcher for each new grandchild is such a beautiful tradition, those are gifts that will be treasured always. #SihaTooskinKnowsTheCatcherOfDreams #NetGalley

Was this review helpful?

I love the story, and how you learn about dream catchers. I look forward to reading more books with Siha Tooskin.

Was this review helpful?

It is so good to see books with Native American kids and their families and culture portrayed! I can’t wait to read some of the other books.

Was this review helpful?

I didn't realize this was a series and I think that some aspects of this book are harder to connect to without the background knowledge. Otherwise this was a pretty simple but good read for the age group.

Was this review helpful?

Readers who liked this book also liked: