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Wolastoqi woman releases first children’s book, plans for Indigenous-language versions – CBC

by ahnationtalk on January 23, 202027 Views

Gail Francis worked with niece as illustrator

Jan 23, 2020

It took Gail Francis of Negotkuk (Tobique First Nation) years to turn an idea into her first children’s book.

But all that work comes to fruition when she releases Moonbeam on Monday.

Moonbeam is a culturally based children’s book about how a pre-contact Indigenous family names their child. The character Moonbeam is told the story of her naming while the family waits for another newborn baby in the village to be named.

Francis is a former educator and now an autism resource consultant. She wrote the story of Moonbeam more than 15 years ago.

But bringing the book to life wasn’t without its hurdles.

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