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2010 Nominee
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Drum Calls Softly

By By David Bouchard and Shelley Willier. Published in 2008 by Red Deer Press

Have you danced the round dance yet?
Of course you have—you’re in my dream.
You’ve danced in circles next to me
You now know things aren’t as they seem.

Beloved children’s author David Bouchard has teamed up with emerging writer Shelly Willier to create a heart-warming tale in his newest book, The Drum Calls Softly. Discover the beauty of the traditional Round Dance through the lush descriptive verse of Bouchard and Willier that leads you through the cycles and seasons of life, the forming of new friendships and the understanding of values.

Illustrations by internationally acclaimed painter Jim Poitras colorfully grace the pages, bringing the words alive through the intricate movements of the Round Dancers.

And Northern Cree teams up once again with David Bouchard, providing the translation from English to Cree and the haunting

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