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Go Show the World
A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes
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"We are a people who matter." Inspired by President Barack Obama's Of Thee I Sing, Go Show the World is a tribute to historic and modern-day Indigenous heroes, featuring important figures such as...
"We are a people who matter." Inspired by President Barack Obama's Of Thee I Sing, Go Show the World is a tribute to historic and modern-day Indigenous heroes, featuring important figures such as...
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  • "We are a people who matter." Inspired by President Barack Obama's Of Thee I Sing, Go Show the World is a tribute to historic and modern-day Indigenous heroes, featuring important figures such as Tecumseh, Sacagawea and former NASA astronaut John Herrington.
    Celebrating the stories of Indigenous people throughout time, Wab Kinew has created a powerful rap song, the lyrics of which are the text for this beautiful picture book, illustrated by the acclaimed Joe Morse. Including figures such as Crazy Horse, Net-no-kwa, former NASA astronaut John Herrington and Canadian NHL goalie Carey Price, Go Show the World showcases a diverse group of American and Canadian Indigenous people, both the more well-known and the not so widely recognized. Individually, their stories, though briefly touched on, are inspiring; collectively, they empower the reader with this message: "We are people who matter, yes, it's true; now let's show the world what people who matter can do."

About the Author-

  • WAB KINEW is a musician and former journalist who is now an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, in Canada. He was associate vice-president for Indigenous Affairs at the University of Winnipeg, worked in television in the US and Canada, and is the author of the award-winning memoir, The Reason You Walk. Kinew is a member of the Midewin and an honorary witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with his family. This is his first picture book.
    Twitter: @wabkinew 56.9K followers
    JOE MORSE is an artist living in Toronto, Ontario. Known for his portraits of celebrities and sports stars, his work has been commissioned by Universal Pictures, Nike, Major League Baseball, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times and The Guardian, and has won over 200 international awards. The picture books he has illustrated include Casey at the Bat, which was nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration; Play Ball Jackie! and Hoop Genius. He is the Coordinator of the Bachelor of Illustration program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.
    Twitter: @joemorsedraws 498 followers

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 6, 2018
    In his uneven debut picture book, Kinew, a musician and leader of the New Democratic Party in Manitoba, Canada, spotlights 14 indigenous Americans and Canadians. Rhymed lines introduce each individual (“Net-no-kwa was a woman,/ like most, a true warrior./ Strong and independent, fierce/ as any man before her”), and brief profiles further detail each person’s accomplishments in back matter. Readers may be put off by some lines’ simplistic rhyming and faltering meter (“It might be tough now but you will be something./ Before you leave, my son, I wanna tell you one thing”). And the profiles’ order, which varies from the text’s, may frustrate those flipping back and forth for more information. But in this glimpse into the lives of several indigenous heroes, Kinew, a member of the Midewin and an honorary witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, underlines the key idea that “we are people who matter./ Yes, it’s true./ Now let’s show the world what people who matter can do.” Mixed-media art by Morse (Play Ball, Jackie!) features a cool palette and crisp, evocative portraits of those showcased and their surroundings. Ages 5–9.

  • Kirkus

    August 15, 2018
    Kinew uses lyrical language to pay tribute to Indigenous heroes and leaders of North America.In his picture-book debut, Canadian politician and musician Kinew (Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation) aims to uplift and inspire youth, especially Indigenous youth. Readers learn about historical figures such as Sac and Fox athlete Jim Thorpe, Omaha doctor Susan LaFlesche Picotte, and Mohawk Olympian Waneek Horn-Miller, who was wounded by a soldier during the Oka crisis. Touching on topics of Creation, Indian boarding schools, and the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline movement, this book has a broad reach. Though the lines in verse are occasionally awkward, Kinew packs a great deal of power into just a few words: "We are people who matter. / Yes, it's true. / Now let's show the world what people who matter can do." That being said, the spread honoring Sacagawea unquestioningly portrays her as a willing agent in American imperialism, which it celebrates by implication: "Under starry nights west Sacagawea led / Lewis and Clark, so America could spread. / Plus she healed them when they were almost dead. / The men got the credit, but should she have instead?" Morse's watercolor, digital color, and collage illustrations are masterful. Long limbs and necks, powerful hands, and photorealistic details are characteristic of his style. Most figures are either facing readers or moving towards the right, creating a flow that suggests looking forward to a bright and hopeful future. A little rough but ultimately a beautiful celebration of Indigenous excellence. (author's note, biographies) (Informational picture book. 5-12)

    COPYRIGHT(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    October 1, 2018

    Gr 1-3-With sweeping portrait-style illustrations, this picture book poem introduces a wide range of historical and contemporary Indigenous figures. Kinew, a Canadian Ojibwa songwriter and politician, explains in an author's note that he wanted to write a book to let Native children know their worth and potential. The text has the feel of a song, with a repeated refrain of "You're a person who matters/Yes, it's true./Now go show the world what a person who matters can do." Kinew profiles his subjects briefly, and Morse's watercolor, digital, and collage illustrations provide contextual support, each realistic portrait depicting the subject in action within a specific setting. Many of the individuals highlighted will be more familiar to Canadian than to U.S. audiences, and most readers will need to refer to the appendix for more substantial biographical information. Morse's paintings are striking and full of movement. However, he depicts a wide range of historical periods, geographic locations, and Indigenous cultures that are not described; Morse doesn't provide sources for the traditional dress, symbols, and ceremonial objects seen in many of his paintings, nor are the tribes explicitly named. VERDICT A stirring, if uneven, lyric tribute to Indigenous heroes past and present. Medium to large collections may want to consider.-Chelsea Couillard-Smith, Hennepin County Library, MN

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Highly Recommended, Canadian Children's Book News "This book is inspiring for all children in showing us how these heroes have triumphed over adversity, and is highly recommended to have at home and in the library."
  • Highly Recommended, Resource Links "It is a call to action and a message of hope for the Indigenous community, as well as a lesson to all readers of the valuable contributions made by American and Canadian Indigenous peoples. . . . This book is highly recommended for personal, school and private libraries."
  • Windspeaker "This is a forever book; one that the child can grow with from the youngest age[.]"

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