When Clarence is a baby, his grandmother carries him to the woods to pick berries. Now that he is older, he carries his own bucket and walks to the woods with his grandmother. They enjoy a peaceful day of picking and observing the natural beauty of the woods before returning home. A pronunciation guide to the Cree words is included as is a recipe for wild blueberry jam.
Julie Flett's illustrations are lovely in their simplicity . Simple shapes and blocks of color, enlivened by brush strokes show Clarence's quiet observation of the creatures that share the berry patch and show a beautiful, somewhat isolated world. The book is physically small, about 8x8 inches, but packs a visual punch.
Verdict: A simple but lovely book, perfect for a quiet one-on-one reading at bedtime or before a little berry picking expedition.
ISBN: 971897476895; Published 2013 by Simply Read; Borrowed from another library in my consortium; Added to my library's order list