As Long as the Rivers Flow

As Long as the Rivers Flow

Book - 2002
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Winner of the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction

In the 1800s, the education of First Nations children was taken on by various churches, in government-sponsored residential schools. Children were forcibly taken from their families in order to erase their traditional languages and cultures.

As Long as the Rivers Flow is the story of Larry Loyie's last summer before entering residential school. It is a time of learning and adventure. He cares for an abandoned baby owl and watches his grandmother make winter moccasins. He helps the family prepare for a hunting and gathering trip.

Publisher: Toronto : house of Anansi Press, c2002
ISBN: 9780888996961
Branch Call Number: J PB 971.23 Loy 3564
Characteristics: [40] p. :,ill. (some col.)


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Cree author Larry Loyie writes about his last summer with his family before going to residential school, in Northern Alberta in 1944.

Lawrence learns things like how to care for a baby owl, and how to gather medicinal plants with his Kokom. Loyie's story highlights how his education at home wa... Read More »

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Apr 08, 2018

Compelling narrative, beautifully illustrated.

vpl_childrens Aug 04, 2016

This poignant story tells of a ten-year-old boy’s last summer with his Cree tribe before being sent to residential school. It is a summer of learning and adventure as Lawrence cares for an abandoned baby owl, learns to sew winter moccasins from his grandmother, picks berries and medicinal plants with his family, and even has a dramatic encounter with a giant grizzly bear. The looming prospect of residential school, foreshadowed early in the book, brings a bittersweet quality to the joyous events of summer, which are based on the author’s own experiences. Expressive watercolour illustrations beautifully depict the story

Jan 08, 2016

As Long as the Rivers Flow by Canadian author Larry Loyie - a simple read and marginally informative. Doctor-at-Bass-Fishing! Taylor A.

Jan 07, 2016

As Long as the Rivers Flow by Canadian author Larry Loyie was more about his life before entering the residential school system which was touched on late in the book. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

Nov 05, 2015

I heard about this book while listening to CBC Radio 3 during the closing week of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 2015. A wonderfully written story concerning our history that can be shared with young and old.

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