Deborah L. Delaronde-Falk lives in central Manitoba on a cattle ranch along the western shores of Lake Winnipegosis. She honours her Metis heritage by writing and publishing under her maiden name. Deborah’s nine published stories (with the exception of Friendship Bay and The Rabbit’s Race) are historical in setting and focus around Metis protagonists, with story situations that she hopes will convey the way of life of the Metis people in early Canadian history. The Stone Gift is contemporary in setting and is her tenth book. Deborah is the first recipient of the ‘Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award’ in 2015 (Manitoba Book Awards). Read about it here!
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Author: Deborah L. Delaronde (*winner of the 2015 Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award!)
Emma wants to participate in her community’s annual ‘King’s Day’ celebration that is held every year on January 6th. She loves to see the gifts that are given and hear the stories people tell when they visit. Her mother, however, feels that Emma is too young.
When Emma’s grandmother hurts herself, Emma reluctantly agrees to help. In helping her grandmother prepare and serve her King’s Day meal, Emma discovers the meaning behind this special day. ‘King’s Day’ is about celebrating Christ’s birth and the Three Wise Kings who visited the baby Jesus bearing gifts on this holy day. Emma learns that ‘King’s Day’ is not only about exchanging gifts, it’s also about helping family and friends by giving one's time.
Illustrated by: Jay Odjick
Metis and children’s author Deborah L. Delaronde-Falk has won the Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year award with her latest book titled Emma’s Gift. She received the prestigious award at the Manitoba Book Awards ceremony held at the Marlborough Hotel in Winnipeg on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Read more:
Jimmy Tames Horses
By Author: Garry Gottfriedson
Illustrations by: Mary Longman
Jimmy Tames Horses is a story about a little boy from the city who is trying to fit in with his cousins who have always lived on the Kamloops Indian Reserve and his feelings of being left out.
Throughout the course of a summer Jimmy works with a colt, overcoming initial fears and eventually becomes a famous horse tamer.