Shanyaak'utlaax: Salmon Boy

salmon boy johnny marks

2018 Winner American Indian Youth Literature Best Picture Book Award

Shanyaak'utlaax: Salmon Boy" is a children's story that teaches about respect for nature, animals and culture. After a Tlingit mother gives her son a dried piece of salmon with mold on the end, he flings it away in disgust, committing a taboo. This offends the Salmon People, who sweep him into the water and into their world, where they name him Shanyaak'utlaax or Salmon Boy.

It comes from an ancient Tlingit story that was edited by Johnny Marks, Hans Chester, David Katzeek, and Nora and Richard Dauenhauer. Illustrated by Tlingit artist Michaela Goade.This book is part of the award-winning Baby Raven Reads, a Sealaska Heritage program for Alaska Native families with children up to age 5 that promotes language development and school readiness. Winner of the 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Best Picture Book Award.---from the publisher

32 pages                                                978-1946019028                                   Ages 5-8

Keywords:  Native American, indigenous people, animals, nature, multicultural, diverse books, diversity, heritage, culture, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, American Indian Youth Literature Best Picture Book Award, bilingual

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