This is a most unique picture book. It’s about loving ourselves and accepting ourselves. These are great themes for kids of all ages, especially given our fragmented culture who keeps telling us that there is something wrong with us.
This is another children’s book written by an Indigenous writer in British Columbia. It was among the new children’s books on my local library’s webpage. And it is was an unforgettable books.
This book celebrates the Haida Gwaii culture. Haida are Indigenous people who have traditionally occupied the coastal bays and inlets of Haida Gwaii in British Columbia. In the 2016 census, 501 people claimed Haida ancestry, while 445 people identified as speakers of the Haida language.
This picture book is about Yaahl. He loves creating and building things and so he starts building small houses. He had no clear reason why he was building so many houses. But in his heart, he knew that one day the answer would become apparent.
Then one day, he felt lonely and wanted to invite other people to visit him. However, ne needed to make gifts and food for them. Then, he’d be a hospital guest.
After he made food and gifts, he invited everyone to visit him. They came from all over the world. At the end of the celebrations, they learned the lessons of inclusion and that we may all look different on outside but on the inside we are very similar and can be connected. We are all unique and most open up to each other to share these gifts. If our world did that more often, we would have a much better and more fulfilling world.
I loved this book, and although I know it is early in the year, it is one of the best kids books that I have read so far!