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Encounter

By Brittany Luby
Illustrated by Michaela Goade
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Copyright Year: 2019 ISBN/ISSN: 9780316449182

Review

Fisher encounters Sailor in this story that takes place along the shores of the ocean. Fisher encounters an unfamiliar person in the bay he often visits to fish, and each is curious about the other. The two note they don't sound the same. Seagull, however, observes they aren't really so different; for instance, they both form long shadows. Mosquito also notes what they have in common: they both taste delicious. Sailor eats bread; Fisher eats sunflower seeds and teaches Sailor how to eat them. Fisher is bare chested; Sailor is heavily clothed, but both enjoy a swim in the ocean. The encounter could be between any European exploring North or South America and an Indigenous boy during the early colonial period. It really doesn't matter where this fictionalized encounter takes place. An important message of the book is that commonality between humans outweighs the differences. Back matter explains that the book is an imaginative work based on the 1534 diary of French explorer Jacques Cartier. The double-page illustrations are created with watercolors, pen and ink, and gouache, as well as through digital means, and reflect the flora and fauna of the Gaspé Peninsula. Canadian author Luby, a professor of Indigenous history, is of Anishinaabe descent, and the illustrator, Goade, is an award winning Tlingit-Haida artist from Alaska. While the youngest reader won't be familiar with this early history, the message presented is easily understood and needs to be shared. Author's Note. Historical Note.

Reviewer: Marion Mueller
Rating: Highly Recommended
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): K-2
Review Date: October 1, 2019

Product Description

A powerful imagining by two Native creators of a first encounter between two very different people that celebrates our ability to acknowledge difference and find common ground.

Based on the real journal kept by French explorer Jacques Cartier in 1534, Encounter imagines a first meeting between a French sailor and a Stadaconan fisher. As they navigate their differences, the wise animals around them note their similarities, illuminating common ground.

This extraordinary imagining by Brittany Luby, Professor of Indigenous History, is paired with stunning art by Michaela Goade, winner of 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Best Picture Book Award. Encounter is a luminous telling from two Indigenous creators that invites readers to reckon with the past, and to welcome, together, a future that is yet unchartered.

Media Type Book, eBook
Binding HC
# Pages 40
Price 18.99
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC) K-2
Genre Children's Books
Sub-Genre Picture Books
Content Subject 1 Culture & Diversity
Content Subject 2 Fables, Folktales, Myths & Legends
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Entry ID: 2226394