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How Raven Got His Crooked Nose; An Alaskan Dena’ina Fable from mindy dwyer on Vimeo.

Meet Chulyen the Raven, learn with granddaughter and discover Dena’ina!


How Raven Got His Crooked Nose: An Alaska Dena’ina Fable, as retold by Barbara J. Atwater and Ethan J. Atwater; illustrated by Mindy Dwyer (Graphic Arts/Alaska Northwest Books, due out April 10, 2018)

“In this retelling, which is gently laced with Dena’ina vocabulary, readers learn not only a cautionary tale, but also facts about the culture. . . Both entertaining and instructive, a refreshing breath of air from the far north.” –Kirkus Reviews


“One of the best books I have read all year! A wonderful trickster tale, set as a morality tale for children in the most clever, dramatic way. Just perfect illustrations in tandem with the authors’ tribute to their family’s storytelling traditions, and to a language with less than 100 who still speak it today. I was so intrigued, I’ve done further research on Chulyen the Raven, as I’ve mostly read trickster tales from elsewhere. Said the raven to me: Read some more!” – Carl’s Pick, Children’s Book Council



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Celebrate curiosity and wild imagination.
Embrace the unknown.


 Remember the playfulness of childhood and trust the wisdom that comes with time – Mama knows the answers. It’s Only the Wind is a sweet, rollicking bedtime book that celebrates imagination. Mama calms the fears of two sleepy siblings, but her explanations send them on a wild ride out of bed and into the sky. It’s Only the Wind  hops playfully back and forth between fact and fantasy, with soft, shadowy quiet and bright, colorful action.  The kids fly, sweep, sing and sail always with their eyes closed, as mom has asked them to do so they can be ready for sleep. Facts about the wind are included on the last page.




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