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:
The ‘Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year’ award was offered for the first time and is awarded to an ‘Aboriginal writer who demonstrates excellence in writing in the past year and engagement in work that supports and encourages Aboriginal writing in Manitoba.’ Deborah is the first Aboriginal writer to receive this award.
Statement from Jurors Chandra Mayor, Gregory Scofield and Jordan Wheeler:
‘Emma’s Gift is a beautifully illustrated story that invites us into the Metis community of Duck Bay where we are given the opportunity to meet Emma, her grandma and extended family to celebrate the teachings of kindness and appreciation, kinship and friendship through annual preparation of Kings’ Day, the Epiphany. Emma’s Gift is timely in its teachings, but it also provides meaningful insight into the traditions and values of Metis culture.’
The first place prize was $1500.00 with two runner-up prizes of $250.00 each. Aboriginal writers David Alexander Robertson and Katherena Vermette each received $250.00 runner-up prizes.
Pictured is Deborah L. Delaronde-Falk (left) and Beatrice Mosionier – author of ‘April Raintree’ and published under Beatrice Culleton (right)