Reviewed by Debbie Reese
You know how some things are so dear that you hold that thing close to your heart and give it a squeeze? Every year, Richard Van Camp creates books for young people that make me want to do that. This year, it is Kiss by Kiss/Ocêtôwina: A Counting Book for Families. His oh-so-perfect words in this board book were translated into Plains Cree by Mary Cardinal Collins.
It starts with “One kiss, two kiss, three kiss, four!” and so on. Facing these pages of words in English and Plains Cree are delightful, endearing photos of babies and toddlers and grown-ups, planting kisses.
That cadence is interrupted by this photo, and, a smooch!
That smooch launches us into a series of pages where we read “Your kisses are so sweet!” and “Your kisses are so fun!” and “Your kisses are as welcome as the light from the sun!” Continue reading.
Kiss by Kiss / Ocêtôwina by Richard Van Camp
Published by Orca Book Publishers on September 18, 2018
Genres: American Indians First Nations Metis Inuit, Cree
Reading Level: Early Childhood
Review Source: American Indians in Children's Literature
Also by this author: The Blue Raven, We Sang You Home, What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know about Horses?
Publisher's Synopsis: One kiss, two kiss, three kiss, four! So many kisses and so many more. From bestselling author Richard Van Camp comes a delightful counting book that honors families and can be used to praise your little ones as they learn to count. Ten kisses from your sweet baby might not be enough to get you through this adorable book, so you'll just have to read it over and over! Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this book as a dual-language (English/Plains Cree) edition.