An engaging look at how the animals, people, and seasons within an ecosystem are intertwined.
To the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia, the grizzly is an integral part of the natural landscape. Together, they share the land and forests that the Skeena River runs through, as well as the sockeye salmon within it. Follow mother bear as she teaches her cubs what they need to survive on their own.
The Mothers of Xsan series uses striking illustration and lyrical language to bring the poetry of the Xsan ecosystem to life.
Anchored in the culture of the Gitxsan Nation, this spellbinding account of a grizzly bear’s first few years with her cubs is the second title in the Mothers of Xsan series. Saturated with ocher hues and expressively detailed with black line, Donovan’s illustrations amplify the text’s lyricism with nuanced perspectives….
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
A lyrically poetic text, it delivers a wealth of information on the lives of grizzlies and the ecosystem they are part of, making this an invaluable introduction to the way we are all connected.
—Jeffery Canton for The Globe and Mail
—Debbie Reese, AICL
…the reader feels a connection to what’s happening in the story. Recommended.
The Grizzly Mother is seamless merging of science and culture with the Gitxsan Nation…. This book is an important addition to classrooms and libraries or your own non-fiction collection.
…it’s one of the best books we’ve seen all year…
—The Tiny Activist on Instagram
[The Mothers of Xsan] books are highly recommended
—Cheriee Weichel for Library Matters
Winner of the Manuela Dias Design and Illustration Awards, Children’s Illustrated Category
Among USBBY’s Outstanding 2020 International Books list
An AIYL Honor Book, Middle Grade
Shortlisted for the McNally Robinson Book for Young People: Younger Category
Among Chicago Public Library’s Best Informational Books for Older Readers of 2019
Among The Read With River Bookstagrammer Club’s Best of 2019 Kids Books, Illustrated list
Among CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens list
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