Song Lei in a New Land

Song Lei in a New Land, by Anne Patton
Song Lei in a New Land, by Anne Patton

Author: Anne Patton
Illustrator: Cathy Peng
Scholastic Literary Place for the Early Years, 2006

This book picks up where The Flight of the Little Swallow left off. Some old friends have welcomed Song Lei and her parents to Canada, but everything else is new: new home, new school, new ways of doing things. Song Lei even has a new English name–Lily. And she has a new “big brother.” Ling Wei has been in Canada for a few years already. He’ll help her get used to all these new Canadian things. Won’t he?

This book is available only to schools as part of a complete Grade 3 classroom set or in guided reading packages of six books. Each package comes with a teacher’s guide.

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The Flight of the Little Swallow

The Flight of the Little Swallow, by Anne Patton
The Flight of the Little Swallow, by Anne Patton

Author: Anne Patton
Illustrator: Cathy Peng
Scholastic Literary Place for the Early Years, 2006

Song Lei makes the long  journey from China to  Canada. At first she’s excited: she gets to fly in an airplane! Then she’s scared. When that airplane lands, her life will change. Will the change be good, or not? Read about the rest of Song Lei’s adventures in Canada  in Song Lei in a New Land.

This book is available only to schools as part of a complete Grade 3 classroom set or in guided reading packages of six books. Each package comes with a teacher’s guide.

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Dancing in My Bones

Dancing in My Bones, by Anne Patton and Wilfred Burton
Dancing in my Bones, by Anne and Wilfred

Authors: Anne Patton and Wilfred Burton
Illustrator: Sherry Farrell Racette
Publisher: Gabriel Dumont Institute, 2007

Dancing in My Bones, the sequel to the highly successful book Fiddle Dancer, returns us to the story of a young Metis boy named Nolin, as he continues to discover his Metis heritage. Dancing in My Bones will take you on a journey to discover Moushoom’s first moose hunt, red lipstick kisses, Uncle Bunny’s fiddling, and the return of the “Bannock Jig”. But most importantly, by the end of the story, you might feel like you have dancing in your bones!

Winner of three 2009 Saskatchewan Book Awards (Award for Publishing, First Peoples’ Publishing Award, First Peoples’ Writing Award)

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Fiddle Dancer

Fiddle Dancer, by Anne Patton and Wilfred Burton
Fiddle Dancer, by Anne Patton and Wilfred Burton

Authors: Anne Patton and Wilfred Burton
Illustrator: Sherry Farrell Racette
Publisher: Gabriel Dumont Institute, 2007

While spending time with his grandfather, or “Moushoom”,
Nolin discovers his Metis heritage and learns to jig.  This delightful story captures the importance of Elders as role models, a child’s apprehension at learning new things, and the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren.

Shortlisted for the 2007Saskatchewan Book Awards in the First Book, Children’s, and Regina categories.

Shortlisted for Children’s Book of the Year at the 2007 Anskohk Book Awards

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Tyler’s Teacher, New Friends, and First Sleepover

Tyler's Teacher, by Anne Patton
Tyler’s Teacher, by Anne Patton
Tyler's New Friends, by Anne Patton
Tyler’s New Friends, by Anne Patton
Tyler's First Sleepover, by Anne Patton
Tyler’s First Sleepover, by Anne Patton

Author: Anne Patton
Illustrator: Ben Hodson

Publisher: Scholastic Literary Place for the Early Years, 2006

These books are available only to schools as part of a complete Grade 1 classroom set
or in guided reading packages of six books. Each package comes with a teacher’s guide.

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Whirling Dervish

Anne's granddaughter dancing
Anne’s granddaughter dancing

This photo captures a moment during the book launch of Dancing In My Bones. The launch took place at the Batoche museum on June 21, 2009. A young woman played a lively jig on her fiddle while a high school group performed. My granddaughter heard the call of the fiddle, too. At the side of the stage she started whirling and twirling to the beat. The audience loved it.

…Anne Patton

Anne Patton and the Salmon

WetSuit close-up 200HIn October 2008, I swam with the salmon down the Campbell River in northern Vancouver Island. Actually, the salmon were swimming upriver while the current rushed me toward the ocean. Feeling snug in my thick wet suit, I lay on top of the water. Through waterproof goggles, I watched salmon darting out of the way and rocks blurring past. Every time I sucked in a breath, my snorkel made a hoarse, rattling sound like Darth Vader. After I crawled out on the beach, the driver of the shuttle van said “Do you want to go again?” “Yes, yes yes!” On the second run I was much more relaxed. I trusted my snorkel and I trusted the river. Arms stretched in front of me, I flew along the surface of the river. I felt like Superman.