[BOOKS] ✬ Zoe and the Fawn ✶ Catherine Jameson – Agedanna.info
It s wonderful to see books from Indigenous authors and illustrators in recent years This book is beautiful I love the idea of a little girl and her dad spending time in nature together, admiring wildlife I didn t know anything about the Okanagan language before, and now I know a little That s a good book I love the illustrations in this book, the text is simple as a father and daughter look at animals in the forest Introduces the animal names in a language of the native peoples of Canada. An Adventure Begins When Zoe Finds A Lone Fawn In The Forest And Helps Search For Its Mother But Who Could The Mother Be A Bunny A Fish Join Zoe And Her Father As They Encounter Many Woodland Animals And Learn Their Native Names Along The WayThe Tale Is Simple Yet Charming Zoe S Inquisitive Nature Is Endearing, As Is Her Father S Gentle Patience And As Zoe Encounters Various Animals, Their Okanagan Syilx Names Appear In The Text These Okanagan Words Add To The Educational Value Of The Story, But They Do Not Interrupt The Flow Of The Narrative For Non Okanagan Readers Another beautiful OwnVoices from illustrator Julie Flett Cree Metis , and the debut for Catherine Jameson Shuswap Okanagan This book is special because of its clear centering of young syilx Okanagan readers gentle repetition of words translated into syilx enables the learning and recognition of indigenous vocabulary Syilx traditional knowledge keeper and language specialist, Richard Armstrong, contributed the translations for this story. This was a sweet book that teaches readers the Syilx Okanagan names for different forest animals I really liked how the Syilx names were in red so they were easy to see throughout the story I did find however, that the story was a little bit lackluster Overall it was sweet, but some of the repetition felt forced The only other thing I wish the book had was a pronunciation guide I expect children and the adults reading to with them may want to try saying these animals names in a new language if they don t already speak Syilx, but that may be difficult to do if they aren t already familiar with Syilx. Why we chose this book We are really loving Julie Flett s artwork The Girl and the Wolf, A Day with Yayah , so we were excited to read Zoe and the Fawn Also, First Nations books are increasingly on my radar, so this was a book we didn t want to miss Theytus Books provided a review copy in exchange for an honest review.Mom s Review V When a little girl and her father go out to feed their horses, the girl notices a fawn sitting at the edge of the forest The girl and her father approach, see that the mother is not present, and take a short walk to look for the mother Along the way, the girl asks if different creatures are the fawn s mother When they return to the edge of the forest, they finally see the mother Short and sweet, Zoe and the Fawn is packed with beauty and opportunities for conversation and learning.As Zoe and her father observe each animal, the Okanagan term for the animal appears alongside the English in the text For most of our readings, I skipped the Okanagan words there was not a pronunciation guide, and my initial attempts at phonetically reading were just plain bad Before we read again, I will be looking for some YouTube videos Lack of pronunciation guide aside, T and I were both glad to try to read say a few words in another language If you ve been following us for a while, you know the value I place on respect and understanding, and you know I believe that exposure to other cultures paves the way for that In addition to talking about language, T and I hypothesized why Zoe asks if the different animals were the fawn s mother Maybe she just read Are You My Mother , maybe she is being silly, maybe she is practicing words in Okanagan Zoe reminded me of T, and T identified with Zoe He thinks she d like LEGO s like him Beauty, humor, repetition, conversation opportunities, and a second language all make Zoe and the Fawn a worthwhile reading experience.Son s Review T Age 4 Mom Does Zoe and the Fawn remind you of another book Son Well, I guess Ninja Camp, cuz it s also an outside book.Mom Do you think Zoe really thought the fish or the bird was the fawn s mother Why did she say those things Son No Because it was her imagination.Mom What would you do if you saw a fawn Son Um, a baby deer I would get so close to it and pet it and then go back inside.Mom Do you know that is actually a bad idea Son Why Mom Because it is a wild animal, you could transfer your smell so that other animals will smell human on it, or if its mother saw you, well, who knows what she would do Mom Would you want to be friends with Zoe What would you like to do together Son Yes Well, I would build LEGO s with Zoe because she might also like LEGO s And I would get a handful of LEGO s for her and a base and some guy parts And I would do that for me too.Mom What would you say to Zoe s dad Son I would say, Hi, and, What s Zoe s favorite thing right now and what age is Zoe and I am four Mom There are some Okanagan words in this book Why do you think the author did that Son Because Okanagan words are fun.Mom What did you like about Zoe and the Fawn Son I liked that it is so magnificent My favorite part is when they find the fawn and her mother.Mom What is most important to know Son I think it is a good book It is a possibility of might happen to you book.Mom What does Zoe and the Fawn make you think wonder about Son It makes me wonder about if I might see a deer at the zoo that has been attacked and hurt. Zoe and the Fawn is my first time reading a story from Catherine Jameson, and it is so cute It reminded me of Are You My Mother a little bit, in the line of questioning I thought the whole outing depicted was very sweet, and I loved the Okanagan translations for all of the animals in the book I wish there had been a pronunciation guide for anyone less familiar with the language system This is one of a great many books I have read that have been illustrated by Julie Flett, and her work here is as lovely as ever.Definitely recommended to anyone looking for a good picture book to read with their kids. Beautiful illustrations and simple text The text isn t quite something I would read aloud in a story time but I think for a grown up teaching a child the Okanagan language this would be really lovely There is no pronunciation of the Syilx words, so I think the intention is for it to be read by a bilingual adult to a child Children sometimes resist books written completely in a language they don t speak but a caregiver speaks and is maybe trying to teach them , so this might be really helpful for those bilingual adults looking to sprinkle words into their reading experience. I just want to gush about this book Catherine Jameson, the author, is Shuswap Okanagan and the story includes Okanagan Syilx language in the book When a young girl and her father go out to look at the new foal on their land, they spy a spotted fawn under a tree Then they go off in search of its mother The patterned phrasing is reminiscent of Are You My Mother By P.D Eastman and will facilitate learning to read It was in on the shelf at my local library and had to pick it up because of Julie Flett Her illustrations are, as usual, just beautiful I grew up in the Okanagan valley, and her images have captured the landscape of my heart. When Zoe and her father encounter a spotted sk k il t fawn , the young Okanagan girl wonders where the little animal s mother is Together, as she and her father go for a walk, she questions whether each animal she sees a k lk l akn flicker , a k lk yum sp plina rabbit , and a x umina trout is the fawn s mother, always receiving a negative reply Eventually, returning to aspen where they saw the fawn, they see that its mother has returnedOriginally published in 2006 in softcover, and then reprinted with new cover art this year 2019 , Zoe and the Fawn is a book I have long wanted to track down, given my fondness for the artwork of illustrator Julie Flett The publisher, British Columbia based Thetus Books, is native owned, and specializes in titles featuring the native cultures of that part of Canada The story here is simple, sometimes almost too much so I had trouble suspending my disbelief, when it came to the idea that a child like Zoe would actually think a rabbit or trout was the fawn s mother but is structured in a question answer style that will most likely work very well with younger children The artwork is really lovely, with beautifully stylized figures, a lovely, subtle color palette, and plenty of white space on the page Recommended to fans of the artist, and to anyone seeking picture books introducing some Okanagan Syilx words.