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Rabbit and Bear Paws Thank You-East


Rabbit and Bear Paws: Thank you, is a first readers series of seven leveled picture books for the senior kindergarten to grade 1 readers.

Rabbit and Bear Paws: Thank you, is about how the characters, Rabbit, Bear Paws and Strawberry recognize and offer gratitude to each of the Seven Directions. The Seven Directions of East, South, West, North, Down (Mother Earth), Up (Father Sky) and finally the seventh direction of looking inside ourselves and recognizing our own spirit.

Based on the Developmental Reading Assessment levels, the leveling system used for this series includes the most current high frequency words for each of the leveled readers. Every story is 8 pages long, full of colourful stories that is sure to spark the imagination of the young, and the young at heart.


Christopher Meyer is co-writer of the graphic novel series THE ADVENTURES OF RABBIT AND BEAR PAWS. Four volumes have been published since 2006, and a fifth is slated for 2011. The series has won several awards including the Gold in the 2009 Mom’s Choice Awards, and the New Media Award in the 2008 ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Volume 2, THE VOYAGEURS, was nominated for a Joe Shuster Award in 2009. Awards aside, Christopher is excited to be working on a project that promotes positive First Nations characters while educating and entertaining all age groups.

Tanya Leary is Salteaux First Nation, from Roseau River Manitoba. She is currently employed by York Region District School Board, and teaches on Georgina Island First Nation in a multi-grade primary classroom. She is an author, an artist, a mother, an outdoor adventurist, and life-long learner, just to name a few. She is dedicated to promoting First Nations culture in Education by creating curricula that is rich in content and engaging for students. Tanya has an Ad.B.Ed., her Literacy Specialist, her Special Education Specialist, Two Harvard University Certificates in Teaching Through Arts/Assessment Strategies, and Curriculum Design and Leadership. She has also won several awards for her academic performances, and has been recently nominated for a Prime Minister’s Award in Teaching Excellence. She is currently writing for Rabbit and Bear Paws, and is also working on a new Educational Resource Publication Company, Blossom House Publications. She has been part of the Rabbit and Bear Paws family since December 2009, and her favorite character is of course, Strawberry!

Chad Solomon is a member of the Henvey Inlet, First Nation. As a child, he and his family would visit with his late grandparents in the French River Ontario area. His grandfather Art Solomon, a traditional healer and justice activist would spend his time building wooden toys and playing with Chad and his siblings. Even in winter Art would go tobogganing with them. Learning from his grandfather, that no matter how old you become, you should always be young-at-heart and that laughter is the greatest medicine. This is the spirit behind the comical Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws  series.

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