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Hungry Johnny



Publisher & Publication Year

Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2014

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Cheryl Minnema (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe)

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Wesley Ballinger (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe)



Johnny can’t wait to eat what his grandmother is preparing, but the food that she’s making is for a banquet at the community center. Johnny’s appetite grows, but he keeps having to wait—to get to the banquet, for the prayer to be said, for the elders to eat first. By the end of the book, Johnny learns patience, respect, and how to share. Rather than simply modeling good behavior, Johnny’s grandmother gently explains why we treat elders with respect, and why we sometimes have to wait for what we want.

Notable Achievements


Kirkus Reviews: "In both text and illustrations, the attitude-modeling is delivered in a gentle, nonlecturing way."

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