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Muskrat Will Be Swimming

Original price $17.90 - Original price $64.90
Original price $17.90
$18.90
$18.90 - $54.90
Current price $18.90
Book Type: Paperback, Picture Book

*Notable Books For Children - Smithsonian*


*Skipping Stones Book Award for Exceptional Multicultural and Nature/Ecology Books*


*Wordcraft Circle Writer of the Year (Prose - Children's Literature)*


*Wordcraft Circle Mentor of the Year*


Although Jeannie loves her lakeside neighborhood, her feelings are hurt by her schoolmates who live in fancier homes and call her a Lake Rat.


When she confides her troubles to her grandfather, he tells her about his own childhood experiences with teasing. As the story unfolds, the grandfather shares a traditional Seneca story that helps Jeannie to find strength in her Native identity and a new appreciation for the different roles that animals play in nature. This is a quiet book that celebrates family and place and the teachings of Native people. Muskrat Will Be Swimming is based on a real incident in Cheryl Savageau's life.


Muskrat Will Be Swimming will help inspire classroom conversations about:



  • Teasing and bullying

  • Storytelling traditions and customs in Native and non-Native families

  • The Seneca creation story and creation stories in general

  • Traditions of the Sky Woman in Native stories

  • Contemporary Native American families and building connections to tribal identity

  • Native identity and mixed-blood ancestry

  • Significance of dreams in Native culture

  • The role of animals as teachers in Abenaki culture

  • Animals of the forest

  • The Abenaki view towards the natural environment

  • The value of experiences in the natural world for children's growth


F&P Text Level R