We All Play

Category: Book
By (author): Flett, Julie
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Baby Animals
  JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
  JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / General
Audience: children/juvenile
Publisher: Greystone Books
Published: May 2021
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 40
Size: 8.00in x 8.00in
Our Price:
$ 22.95
Availability:
In stock

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

From Julie Flett, the beloved author and illustrator of Birdsong, comes a joyous new book about playtime for babies, toddlers, and kids up to age 7. 

Animals and kids love to play! This wonderful Own Voices book celebrates playtime and the connection between children and the natural world. Beautiful illustrations show:

  • birds who chase and chirp!
  • bears who wiggle and wobble
  • whales who swim and squirt!
  • owls who peek and peep!
  • and a diverse group of kids who love to do the same, shouting: 

We play too! / kimêtawânaw mîna

At the end of the book, animals and children gently fall asleep after a fun day of playing outside, making this book a great bedtime story. A beautiful ode to the animals and humans we share our world with, We All Play belongs on every bookshelf.

This book also includes:

  • A glossary of Cree words for wild animals in the book
  • A pronunciation guide and link to audio pronunciation recordings

Praise for Julie Flett's previous book, Birdsong: 

An American Indian Youth Literature Honor Title 

A 2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Title 

A Best Book of 2019 in Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Horn Book. 

"Cree-Métis author/illustrator Julie Flett's smooth and lyrical words and gorgeous... images truly capture the warmth and solidarity of the female protagonists in this tender intergenerational friendship story."-The Horn Book 

"Emotionally stunning."-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"Simple and profound, this tender story is a reminder that finding a new friend can make a new place feel like home. Highly recommended for purchase."-School Library Journal (Starred Review)

"Flett's subtle, sensitive story delicately traces filaments of growth and loss through intergenerational friendship, art making, and changing moons and seasons."-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Review Quote*

"Everyone loves to play! Award-winning author/illustrator Flett shares the joyful antics of young animals as they romp in much the same way as human children…This celebration of nature is sprinkled with words from the Cree language… [and] celebrate[s] our interconnection with the creatures who share our world."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Cree-Métis artist Flett starts with quiet, elegant portraits of animals….In spare compositions, [she] aptly underlines [the kinship between animals and people] by showing animals and humans embracing play in similar ways."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Lively and beautiful illustrated."
-Horn Book, starred review

"A beautifully illustrated book that introduces a series of young animals at play, then relates their activities to those of children … affirming our oneness with nature."
-Booklist

"The bold and simple illustrations and short but dynamic text make this a fantastic book for very young readers."
-BookRiot

"This jubilant picture book uses gamboling animals and kids to illustrate the Cree concept of wâhkôhtowin, or the kinship among living things."
-Shelf Awareness

Biographical Note

JULIE FLETT, a Cree-Métis author, illustrator, and artist, has received numerous awards for her work, including a Governor General's Award and the American Indian Library Association Award. She is the author of many books, including Birdsong (Greystone Kids, 2019), an American Indian Youth Literature Honor Book and Boston Globe Horn Book Title.Flett lives in Vancouver, Canada.