Wednesday, October 22, 2014


There's a new board book out by Cree Metis artist, Julie Flett, and like her other ones, it is a winner!

Like her previous works, We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers is a bilingual board book. In this one, the numbers 1-10 are presented in English and Cree.

Flett's collage work is gorgeous. I love the quiet and bold colors she uses in her compositions. Here's the page for number 1. The text reads "One prairie dog perching."

And here's the page for number 10, where the text reads "Ten elk crossing." 

Flett's book is excellent for parents, teachers, or librarians to read to young children. Obviously, this is a counting book, so counting will happen, but the words!

Prairie dogs perching! Can you imagine showing the child you're reading to, how to perch like a prairie dog? On the page for number three, aunties are laughing. The joy on their faces is, well, joyful! Laugh along with them! Those owls on the cover? They're six owls spotting. It'd be great fun to pause on that page, and peer about, spotting things nearby.

I really like this book. I'm as joyful as those aunties! The pages in Flett's book provide a chance to do something that extends the reading itself, enriching what a young child knows about words and actions.

Though I'm sure Flett didn't have diversity in mind when she came up with the title, We All Count, the title and her book do a beautiful job of saying We--people who are Indigenous or who speak Cree--we count, too.

Your book is brilliant, Julie Flett! Kų́'daa! (That is 'thank you' in Tewa, my language.)

We All Count: A Book of Numbers is highly recommended. Written and illustrated by Julie Flett, it was published in 2014 by Native Northwest.


Susan said...

I love the artwork. Looks like a beautiful book.

Beverley Baird said...

Looks like an amazing book. When I taught I shared as many counting books in different languages - one of my favs. was Moja means one - Swahili. I think this would be a great wone for any classroom - the language, the art, the learning of another language.

Amy said...

Debbie, that book is lovely and I want to buy it for Oakland PL. It doesn't appear to have an ISBN, though. Are you in contact with the creator? Do you know if she plans to get an ISBN for it?

Debbie Reese said...


ISBN on my copy is:

ISBN-13: 978-1554763986

Amy said...

Oh, thank you so much!