When Cole’s teacher catches him drawing rather than listening in class, he gives Cole a special assignment: an oral presentation on an important Aboriginal figure. Cole will do almost anything to avoid speaking in public – even feigning illness. But when he hears the story of the remarkable woman known as Thanadelthur – peacemaker between the Cree and the Dene and interpreter for the governor of Fort York – he is so inspired by her bravery, he overcomes his own fears.
Thanadelthur is one book in the Tales from Big Spirit series. Tales from Big Spirit is a unique seven-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of seven great Indigenous heroes from Canadian history—some already well known and others who deserve to be. Designed to correspond to grades 4–6 social studies curriculums across Canada, these full colour graphic novels could be used in literature circles, novel studies, and book clubs to facilitate discussion of social studies topics. These books will help students make historical connections while promoting important literacy skills. The series also includes:
The Ballad of Nancy April: Shawnadithit, the last remaining member of the Beothuk people of Newfoundland.
The Chief: Mistahimaskwa, the great Cree chief, from the Saskatchewan Plains in 1832.
The Land of Os: John Ramsay, a Saulteaux man from the west shore of Lake Winnipeg, who, though dispossessed from his land, helped the Icelandic settlers who arrived in 1875 withstand the smallpox epidemic of the following year.
The Poet: Pauline Johnson, born on the Six Nations Reserve, who wrote and performed her work throughout North America, and was a pioneer of Canadian literature.
The Rebel: Gabriel Dumont, his role in the 1885 Northwest Rebellion, and the Metis of Batoche.
The Scout: Tommy Prince, a decorated Aboriginal war hero, and his exploits on the European battlefields of the Second World War.
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Great ideas for using this book in your classroom can be found in the Teacher’s Guide for Tales from Big Spirit Series. A printable eBook of the guide is available for downloading.