THE GRIZZLY MOTHER, by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson), Natasha Donovan, Highwater Press


An engaging look at how the animals, people, and seasons within an ecosystem are intertwined.

To the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia, the grizzly is an integral part of the natural landscape. Together, they share the land and forests that the Skeena River runs through, as well as the sockeye salmon within it. Follow mother bear as she teaches her cubs what they need to survive on their own.

The Mothers of Xsan series uses striking illustration and lyrical language to bring the poetry of the Xsan ecosystem to life.

Out September, 2019

32 pages approx.


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

I’ve been reading and reviewing many books from Highwater Press, books that are written and highlight indigenous lore, stories and thoughts by incredible authors and amazing illustrators for some time now. I love these books.

I think every school library should have these books for their students. They should be on reading lists for middle grade readers, ages nine to twelve, to early tweens.

The ARC I received is beautifully illustrated with large full page artwork accompanying an extraordinary story about a mother grizzly and her cubs. There’s accompanying blocks that explain harder words and a map at the back. The only thing missing is a blurb about the author and illustrator, but this is an ARC and may actually be on the final print copy.

A quick read and a great addition to anyone’s library.

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