November 12, 2010
When the Shadbush Blooms by Carla Messinger with Susan Katz
by Carla Messinger with Susan Katz
illustrated by David Kanietakeron Fadden
The narrator takes the reader through a year, sharing what her family does each month from “Mechoammowi Gischuch,” or “When the Shadfish Return Moon” to “Mechoammowi Gischuch,” or the cycle of one full year.
Each spread shows the narrator with her family fishing, planting their garden or picking strawberries.
But the spreads also show her grandparent’s grandparents in traditional attire doing the same tasks as they would have done it back when they were alive.
As such, this is a gentle story of tradition and change, family and continuity. The narrator is Lenni Lenape who were called by the settlers the Delaware Indians. Messinger is Turtle Clan Lenape while the illustrator, Kanietakeron Fadden, is from the neighboring Wolf Clan Mohawk.
This is very much a gentle mood story, perfect for bed time, quiet story sharing or leading into discussions about family and tradition. Why not make it part of your family’s Thanksgiving tradition?