Book cover of Wild Berries

Wild Berries



Publisher & Publication Year

Simply Read Books (2013)

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Julie Flett (Cree–Métis)

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Julie Flett (Cree–Métis)



Spend the day picking wild blueberries with Clarence and his grandmother. Meet ant, spider, and fox in a woodland landscape—and the ancestral home of author and illustrator Julie Flett. This book is written in both English and Cree, in particular the n-dialect, also known as Swampy Cree from the Cumberland House area.

This story demonstrates the love between a grandmother and grandson as well as teaches respect and reciprocity for our relatives in nature. Grandson learns language from Grandma while he observes other animals around them. Before he leaves with grandma, he leaves a handful of berries behind for the animals.

Notable Achievements


Publishers Weekly: "Abundant white space creates a free and uncluttered landscape; the simple, concrete descriptions, reiterated through the use of Cree words, provide a sense of composure and calm.”

Kirkus Reviews: “A sweet commemoration of a shared experience, presented with care and infused with intimacy.”

Educator Guide

This guide, created by educator Maya Anderson in association with the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary, includes curriculum connections, background lessons, and a collage activity.

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