Author & Illustrator: Julie Flett.

Julie Flett is a Vancouver-based Cree/Metis writer, artist, advocate, activist and mother, Ms. Flett is truly a woman of many talents. She incorporates photography, drawing, and painting into her work and has an interest in indigenous textiles.

This book is read on line by Julie Fleet at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euD5ba4ImV0

Through her writing, Flett is constantly working to keep the Cree language alive, and approaches this through education. She is the winner of many book prizes, including the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award, Manitoba Book Awards, and BC Book Prizes.

Summary: This is a lovely book that plays on the word “count” to bring us all into the sounds and scenes of Cree language and family. The illustrations are simple and stunning and will remind children of their own fun with their families while they are learning to count to ten in a Canadian language that has been here for centuries.

WITS Connection: Inclusion. Caring for Others. 

Curricular Connections: Social Studies, Indigenous and Math Connections: learn to count in another language and learn about another Canadian culture.

WITS Lesson Plan (PDF)