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Go show the world : a celebration of Indigenous heroes
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Celebrating the stories of Indigenous people throughout time, Wab Kinew has created a powerful rap song, the lyrics of which are the basis for the text in this beautiful picture book, illustrated by the acclaimed Joe Morse. Including figures such as Crazy Horse, Net-no-kwa, former NASA astronaut John Herrington and Canadian NHL goalie Carey Price, Go Show the World showcases a diverse group of Indigenous people in the US and Canada, both the more well known and the not-so-widely recognised. Individually, their stories, though briefly touched on, are inspiring; collectively, they empower the reader with this message: 'We are people who matter, yes, it s true; now let s show the world what people who matter can do.'
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Gr 1-3-With sweeping portrait-style illustrations, this picture book poem introduces a wide range of historical and contemporary Indigenous figures. Kinew, a Canadian Ojibwa songwriter and politician, explains in an author's note that he wanted to write a book to let Native children know their worth and potential. The text has the feel of a song, with a repeated refrain of "You're a person who matters/Yes, it's true./Now go show the world what a person who matters can do." Kinew profiles his subjects briefly, and Morse's watercolor, digital, and collage illustrations provide contextual support, each realistic portrait depicting the subject in action within a specific setting. Many of the individuals highlighted will be more familiar to Canadian than to U.S. audiences, and most readers will need to refer to the appendix for more substantial biographical information. Morse's paintings are striking and full of movement. However, he depicts a wide range of historical periods, geographic locations, and Indigenous cultures that are not described; Morse doesn't provide sources for the traditional dress, symbols, and ceremonial objects seen in many of his paintings, nor are the tribes explicitly named. VERDICT A stirring, if uneven, lyric tribute to Indigenous heroes past and present. Medium to large collections may want to consider.-Chelsea Couillard-Smith, -Hennepin County Library, MN © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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In his first book, Kinew, a musician and political leader in Canada, introduces a variety of American and Canadian Indigenous men and women who made their mark and opened pathways for others to follow. Some, like Jim Thorpe and Crazy Horse, are well-known. Other names are less familiar, but their accomplishments are notable. Dr. Susan Laflesche Picotte lived in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and was one of the first Indigenous physicians at a time when being a female doctor was uncommon. Beatrice Culleton Mosionier is a contemporary author who wrote about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Kinew uses his musical background to write about his subjects in short rhymes meant to have the feel of rap. Morse, meanwhile, provides bold paintings that feature portraits set against backgrounds that add information. In fact, readers will need the short biographies at the book's end to realize the impact of many of the subjects. The book's message, repeated throughout, still resonates: We are people who matter. Yes, it's true. Now let's show the world what people who matter can do. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2018 Booklist
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