Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May 29 is Literacy Night

On May 29, Dewson will welcome the author and illustrator of Rabbit and Bear Paws, Chad Solomon. Mr Solomon will be presenting a Puppets performance: Rabbit and Bear Paws – The Way.
In this new interactive puppet theater, the author retells the Anishinabe Creation teaching of Nanabazhoo and the Animals.  "Chad Solomon is a member of the Henvey Inlet, First Nation. As a child, he and his family would visit with his late grandparents in the French River Ontario area. His grandfather Art Solomon, a traditional healer and justice activist would spend his time building wooden toys and playing with Chad and his siblings. Even in winter, Art would go tobogganing with them. Learning from his grandfather, that no matter how old you become, you should always be young-at-heart and that laughter is the greatest medicine. This is the spirit behind the comical Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws  series". *Retrieved from Rabbit and Bear Paws at

Published Works -- Graphic Novels
The Gifts of the Animals, Scholastic 2008
Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws series is based on the Seven Grandfathers of the Anishinabe. The Seven Grandfathers are Love, Respect, Wisdom, Bravery, Honesty, Humility and Truth.
Vol.3: True Hearts, Little Spirit Bear 2008
Vol.2: The Voyageurs, Little Spirit Bear 2008
Vol. 1: The Sugar Bush, Little Spirit Bear 2006
Awards and Nominations
The Voyageurs:
2009 - Nominated for the Joe Shuster Award – Comics for Kids Award
2009 – Short listed for the First Nations Community Reads program 
The Sugar Bush:
2009 – Gold Award by Mom’s Choice Awards
2007 - Choice Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2007 
Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws: The series:
2008 – Winner of the New Media Award by ImagineNative Film festival and New Media Awards. 
2005 - Fine Arts by ANDPVA - Association for Native Development in the Performing & Visual Arts.
*Retrieved from Authors'Booking Service at

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