The Ballad of Nancy April: Shawnadithit

Tales from Big Spirit series

Big SpiritPublished by Highwater Press

Grade: for grades 4–6
ISBN: 978-1-55379-477-6
Price: $16.95

The Ballad of Nancy April is the story of Shawnadithit, the last remaining member of the Beothuk people of Newfoundland.

The Ballad of Nancy April is one book in the Tales from Big Spirit series. Tales from Big Spirit is a unique six-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of some of the great Indigenous heroes from Canadian history—some already well known and others who deserve to be. Designed to correspond to grades 4–6 social studies curriculums across Canada, these full colour graphic novels could be used in literature circles, novel studies, and book clubs to facilitate discussion of social studies topics. These books will help students make historical connections while promoting important literacy skills.


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