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category: Children's Fiction
published: March 2018
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Soapstone Porcupine

by Jeff Pinkney, illustrated by Darlene Gait

tagged: chapter books, country life

The dog shows up the way snow does on a winter's day. She just drifts in and stays, becoming the friend of a young Cree boy. The boy and the dog set out on an adventure that ends in a quandary involving quills and a big brother who swears to take revenge on the porcupine. But Lindy, a Cree elder and master carver, reminds the brothers of the importance of the great porcupine. After a day spent carving in town, the boy learns some truths about human nature and realizes that sometimes, like the porcupine, you must put your quills up to keep from getting pushed around.

Soapstone Porcupine is the second book, after Soapstone Signs, narrated by a young Cree boy.

About the Authors
Jeff Pinkney likes to be out in his canoe or on his mountain bike on forest trails. He holds an English degree from Trent University, is a former newspaper columnist and currently works as a business advisor in Peterborough, Ontario. Jeff's Echoes, Soapstone Porcupine and Soapstone Signs, draw on Jeff's experiences while traveling as a development consultant in Canada's James Bay Frontier, where he acquired a deep appreciation for the people and the landscape. Jeff is an emerging poet, writer and an amateur stone carver. He and his wife, Leslie, share a brood of three story-loving daughters. For more information, visit www.jeffpinkney.com.

Darlene Gait was born on Vancouver Island and began painting as a child. Inspired by nature and by her Coast Salish heritage, Darlene brings a rich understanding of the natural world to her work, which is held in private collections and exhibited worldwide. Darlene lives in Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia. For more information, please visit www.onemoon.ca.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
6 to 8
1 to 3
Reading age:
6 to 8
Editorial Reviews

"A quiet tale about a sensitive soul."

— Kirkus Reviews

&quotOffers insight to the Cree culture. Recommended.&quot

— School Library Connection

"The integration of the Cree language and representation of a contemporary Cree family is laudable and something not often seen in chapter books."

— School Library Journal

"Soapstone Porcupine will add value to any school library, public library or home library. Readers will learn about the way of life for people of a James Bay Cree community and learn parts of the Moose Cree language. This book is perfect for the young reader ready to read independently. "

— CM Magazine

"This book provides a great way to learn new words in Cree, as there are several words in Cree used throughout the book, which are in a pronunciation guide at the end."

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