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Children’s Picture Book - WHEN I WAS EIGHT

Children’s Picture Book - WHEN I WAS EIGHT

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Written by celebrated Indigenous First Nation author, and Residential School survivor, Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton. This is her true story.

"Olemaun is eight, and even if it means leaving her Arctic home, she is determined to go to the faraway school where she will learn how to read."

At the Residential School, they changed her name to Margaret and cut off her long braids. But, this feisty young girl is determined to learn to read. WHEN I WAS EIGHT is based on the author's best-selling memoir FATTY LEGS. Written now for young children to meet this remarkable girl, and reminds us all about the power of books.

Art for this compelling story is by Quebec artist Gabrielle Grimard. She dedicates her work to "all the little Olemauns of the world."

The co-author is Christy Jordan-Fenton, her daughter-in-law. They have also collaborated on Fatty Leggs and A Stranger at Home. More from our FIRST NATIONS Collection sold separately.

Both the authors are from St. John, British Columbia. Sadly, Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton died in April, 2021. Her powerful voice will live on in her stories.

Supporting Canadian authors.

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Inspiring Children, and their Families, through Play, Art and Reading. Always, with a love of Nature.

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