When the Shadbush Blooms

By Carla Messinger; Susan Katz; David Kanietakeron Fadden (Illustrator)
(Tricycle Press, Hardcover, 9781582461922, 32pp.)

Publication Date: September 1, 2007

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My grandparents' grandparents walked beside the same stream where I walk with my brother, and we can see what they saw.
Today when a Lenape Indian girl ventures to the stream to fish for shad, she knows that another girl did the same generations before. Through the cycle of the seasons, what is important has remained: being with family, knowing when berries are ripe for picking, listening to stories in a warm home.
Told by Traditional Sister and Contemporary Sister, each from her own time, this is a book about tradition and about change. Then and now are not so very different when the shadbush blooms.

About the Author

Carla J. S. Messinger is a Lenape cultural educator and the director of Native American Heritage Programs. She lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with her husband Allan and daughter Joy. When the Shadbush Blooms is her first children’s book.

Susan Katz has written five children’s books, including the prize-winning novel, Snowdrops for Cousin Ruth. She lives with her husband and a house rabbit in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

David Kanietakeron Fadden, Wolf Clan Mohawk, grew up in a traditional family of artists, naturalists and storytellers. His illustrations have appeared in books, periodicals, animations, and the Discovery Channel’s “How the West Was Lost: Always the Enemy.” Dave lives with his family on Kawenoke, also known as Cornwall Island, at Akwesasne Mohawk Territory, a community located on the Canadian-U.S. border.

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