Muskrat Will Be Swimming

Muskrat Will Be Swimming

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  • *Notable Books For Children - Smithsonian*
  • *Skipping Stones Book Award for Exceptional Multicultural and Nature/Ecology Books*
  • *Wordcraft Circle Writer of the Year (Prose - Children's Literature)*
  • *Wordcraft Circle Mentor of the Year*

Although Jeannie loves her lakeside neighborhood, her feelings are hurt by her schoolmates who live in fancier homes and call her a Lake Rat. When she confides her troubles to her grandfather, he tells her about his own childhood experiences with teasing.

As the story unfolds, the grandfather shares a traditional Seneca story that helps Jeannie to find strength in her Native identity and a new appreciation for the different roles that animals play in nature. This is a quiet book that celebrates family and place and the teachings of Native people. Muskrat Will Be Swimming is based on a real incident in Cheryl Savageau's life.

Muskrat Will Be Swimming will help inspire classroom conversations about:

  • -Teasing and bullying
  • -Storytelling traditions and customs in Native and non-Native families
  • -The Seneca creation story and creation stories in general
  • -Traditions of the Sky Woman in Native stories
  • -Contemporary Native American families and building connections to tribal identity
  • -Native identity and mixed-blood ancestry
  • -Significance of dreams in Native culture
  • -The role of animals as teachers in Abenaki culture
  • -Animals of the forest
  • -The Abenaki view towards the natural environment
  • -The value of experiences in the natural world for children's growth

Ages:  4-8

Grades:  2-7

Lexile Measure:  600L

Additional Information

Author Cheryl Savageau
Publisher Tilbury House
Publication Date 2006
Edition Paperback
Pages 32
ISBN13 9780884482802

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