The First Blade of Sweetgrass

by Suzanne Greenlaw (Author) Nancy Baker (Illustrator)

The First Blade of Sweetgrass
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Musquon must overcome her impatience while learning to distinguish sweetgrass from other salt marsh grasses, but slowly the spirit and peace of her surroundings speak to her, and she gathers sweetgrass as her ancestors have done for centuries, leaving the first blade she sees to grow for future generations. This sweet, authentic story from a Maliseet mother and her Passamaquoddy husband includes backmatter about traditional basket making and a Wabanaki glossary.
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Quiet text shows how careful observation and the respect of nature can provide unexpected gifts.
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Tilbury House Publishers
Publication date
August 10, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV039090 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | New Experience
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV011040 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Native American
JUV029010 - Juvenile Fiction | Nature & the Natural World | Environment
Library of Congress categories
ALSC Notable Children's Book
Selection 2022

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