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 On the trapline
 Author: Robertson, David A.

 Publisher:  Tundra (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [41] p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 758937 ISBN: 9780735266681
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Grandparent-grandchild relationship -- Fiction
 Cree Indians -- Fiction
 Native Americans -- North America -- Fiction
 Wilderness areas -- Fiction

Price: $22.78

A boy and Moshom, his grandpa, take a trip together to visit a place of great meaning to Moshom. A trapline is where people hunt and live off the land, and it was where Moshom grew up. Along the way, the boy finds himself imagining what life was like two generations ago-a life that appears to be both different from and similar to his life now.

 Illustrator: Flett, Julie

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   Kirkus Reviews (+) (04/15/21)
   Booklist (04/15/21)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/07/21)

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Booklist - 04/15/2021 The creators of When We Were Alone (2017) team up here to highlight a traditional Indigenous experience. A young boy and his moshom (grandfather) travel far to the north (by plane, by truck, by motorboat, and on foot) to reach the site of Moshom’s trapline. The older man describes how he and his family slept together in a tent in the years when they trapped animals, gathered berries, and fished in order to sustain themselves. The muskrats trapped, for example, provided food, while their pelts were sold to purchase supplies that couldn’t be gleaned from the land. This succinct narrative emphasizes both the natural beauty of the wilderness and the satisfaction experienced from this lifestyle. Robertson also underscores traditional Indigenous values, including sharing with those in need and learning from the land. Flett’s digitally enhanced pastel-on-paper illustrations employ a palette of greens, blues, and browns, often accented in red. Her use of simple shapes, textured patterns, and subtle shadings allows the landscapes and characters to shine. Appended with creator notes and a glossary of Cree words. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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