As part of my B. Ed I wrote a children’s story. I chose to rewrite Shel Silverstein’s classic, The Giving Tree. I always felt this touching story was a little too sad. Moreover, I felt it missed the opportunity to impart an important perspective; the messages of stewardship and symbiosis, central to First Nations and Aboriginal cultures the world over.
This is the message I hope this book can share with young people. As a Canadian of Metis heritage, I feel it is an important message. There are other parts of First Nations culture touched upon as well. I have taken literary license. Tobacco & smudging are sacred rites and meant to show respect. Flutes & love songs are also a part of many cultures as are canoes and lodge poles.
This story offers a different perspective on the friendship that can exist between human & nature. This re-imagining offers a view of interdependence and encourages us to be more thoughtful in their interactions with our living home.
It has been particularly rewarding to use this book as a comparative literature study with my students over the years when read in contrast to Mr. Silverstein’s book as well.
Published on July 09, 2020
Genre: Children's Picture Books