Reviewed by Debbie Reese
If Still This Love Goes On is not on your must-buy list yet, put it there right now. Better yet, order it, right now!
You can read it as a book about seasons. You’ll see people and animals on wide landscapes of snow, or fields of grass and flowers. . . . Or, with the references to sweetgrass and drums and jingle dancers, you can read it as a book about Native people. Or, you can sing along with Sainte-Marie! You’ll find her singing it on her album, Running For the Drum. If you read music and play an instrument, you can turn to the sheet music at the end of the book. Continue reading on America Indians in Children’s Literature.
Still This Love Goes On by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Published by Greystone Books Limited on September 27, 2022
Genres: American Indians First Nations Metis Inuit
Reading Level: Grade K, Grades 1-2
Review Source: American Indians in Children's Literature
Publisher's Synopsis: A love letter to Indigenous communities everywhere, this picture book gorgeously illustrated by Julie Flett celebrates seasons, nature, and community.
Based on Academy Award-winning Cree icon Buffy Sainte-Marie's song of the same name, Still This Love Goes On is a stunning celebration of Indigenous experience. Breathtaking illustrations from celebrated Cree-Métis artist Julie Flett combine with Sainte-Marie's vivid lyrics to craft a remarkable piece of art.
Destined to be read and sung for generations, this gem of a picture book is accompanied by:
Sheet music so that readers can play along
A note from Sainte-Marie about her much-admired song
Sat beside a beaver dam and watched the winter grow
Ice was hard with little tracks appearing in the snow
Fog is in the valley now and all the geese are gone
Cross the moon I saw them go and
Still this love goes on and on
Still this love goes on.