Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I Can't Have Bannock But the Beaver Has a Dam

Author: Wheeler, Bernelda (Cree/Ojibwe/Metis)
Illustrator: Herman Bekkering
Publisher: Peguis Publishers, Limited (1984)
ISBN: 13: 978-1895411485, pbk, black & white, 32 pages
Source: Oyate
Price: $11.00

A young boy is told that he can't have bannock because there is no electricity for the oven. This is a great book to use predicting strategies with for K-2 students. The pictures give great clues about what is happening. In my school, my students did not know what bannock was. Using predicting strategies and listening to the classroom responses; the lesson took about 20 minutes. If you just read the story it takes just a few minutes.

At the end of the story the author includes a recipe for traditional bannock.

My students loved the story and eagerly tried to predict what bannock was and what the beaver had to do with the story. In later library story times I read about beavers. The original story acted as an anchor story for our discussions.

Bernelda Wheeler was the first female aboriginal journalist in Canada. She was known for her work with CBC radio, interviewing First Nations people, issues and events. Sadly she died from cancer Sept 10, 2005.

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