Looking for something special to do with the little ones during vacation?
Bring them to the Maine Coast Book Shop on Saturday, Dec. 28th from 11:00 to 1, for a Very Special opportunity to listen to well known Maine Native American storyteller, Allen Sockabasin, as he performs his story, Thanks to the Animals, with musical accompaniment, plus a surprise special guest!
In Sockabasin's book, Thanks to the Animals, beautifully illustrated by Maine artist, Rebekah Raye, little baby Zoo Sap and his family are moving from their summer home on the coast to the deep woods for the winter, traveling on a big bobsled pulled by horses through the snow. When Zoo Sap falls off the sled unnoticed, the forest animals hear his cries. First to come are the beaver, who put their tails together to cradle him. Then all the other animals circle round—everyone from the tiny mouse to the giant moose to the great bald eagle—keeping him warm and safe until his father comes back to find him.
Allen Sockabasin is a Passamaquoddy who devotes much of his time to teaching and preserving the Passamaquoddy language and traditions.A master musician, he has written, performed, and recorded Native stories and songs in the US and Canada. He has been a tribal governor, a member of the tribal council, and director of child welfare for his tribe, and a health educator. He is the father of five grown children and a young son named Zoo Sap.
The Passamaquoddy language is still spoken by many members of the tribe, and there are ongoing efforts to increase the number of tribal children who speak their native language. Once, the Passamaquoddy and related tribes occupied land between Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. Today there are approximately 3,200 tribal members and the tribe owns 142,000 acres of land in Maine.
There will be little carpets in a circle for the kids to sit on as Allen tells his tale, which has been repeated in schools and libraries throughout New England and beyond. The event is free and the book will be available for purchase and of course signing. We recommend you Arrive Early for best seats, as we expect a big crowd. (FMI: 207-563-3207)
"Sockabasin weaves a powerful story of paternal love while simultaneously expressing the mutual respect between his Passamaquoddy culture and the natural world---gives a fascinating glimpse of a culture not often seen in picture books." —School Library Journal
"... quiet, gentle tale...enhanced by the warm water-color-and-ink paintings...a perfect bedtime story." -- Multicultural Review