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Ninisidawenimaag, or "I Sense Them," is a series of children's books highlighting the five human senses and an introduction to Ojibwe language. This series makes up the first publications of Dancing Porcupine Books.

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The Story Behind the Books

"This is a community book. Chi-miigwech (thank you) to all involved."

- Erika Bailey-Johnson

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The idea for the books in this series came to Erika Bailey-Johnson when she wanted to learn, along with her young sons, Ojibwe language. She brought her idea to a group of people and this series is the result. Although she is a descendant of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe, Erika Bailey-Johnson is not a native Ojibwe (First Language) speaker. 

Ninisidawenimaag Series “I Sense Them”

This series of books, designed for kindergarten-age kids, uses both the Ojibwe and English language to connect readers to the beauty around them. English phrases rhyme with Ojibwe words to help readers pronounce the Ojibwe words.

Each of the books in this Ninisidawenimaag series guide the reader on a wonderful adventure with Mother Earth, written in both the English and Ojibwe languages. 

 

Most of the Ojibwe phrases rhyme with an English phrase to help the reader pronounce the word. The images in these books were designed by kids, for kids. Adults will enjoy sharing these lessons about how our senses communicate with the natural world.

 

Book One

I See Many Things

 

Book Two

I Hear Many Things

Books Three-Five of the series will cover the rest of the senses in nature.

 

Profits from the sale of the book are dedicated to supporting programs that connect children to the Earth.

Videos Featuring the Books

See and hear Erika Bailey-Johnson reading "I See Many Things" and "I Hear Many Things" by clicking on the videos. Watch for future additions of recording of First Language speakers reading the books as well.

People and Partners 

"There are so many different people and partners involved helping to create this series, including First Langauge speakers," said Erika Bailey-Johnson. 

Special thanks to:

Anton Treuer, James Vukelich, Bob Jordain and Giniwgiizhig, Ojibwe language speakers and teachers

Sharon Nordrum and Lisa Robinson, visual artists and teachers

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