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The Frog Mother



Publisher & Publication Year

HighWater Press, 2021

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Hetxw'ms Gyetxw/Brett D. Huson (Gitxsan Nation)

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Natasha Donovan (Métis)



To the Gitxsan of Northwestern British Columbia, Nox Ga’naaw—the frog mother—is a storyteller, speaking truths of the universe. After Nox Ga’naaw releases her eggs among the aquatic plants of a pond, the tiny tadpoles are left to fend for themselves. As they hatch, grow legs, and transform into their adult selves, they must avoid the mouths of hungry predators. Will the young frogs survive to spawn their own eggs, continuing a cycle 200 million years in the making? Follow the life cycle of the columbia spotted frog and learn about the significance of this species to the Gitxsan people.

Notable Achievements

Long-listed, First Nation Communities READ 2022; Short-listed, Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher 2022


Kirkus Reviews: "In his engaging book, Gyetxw enhances plain biological facts by putting them in their cultural context... A richly told and illustrated introduction to frogs."

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