Malian’s Song (Vermont Folklife Center Children's Book Series)

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In the words of a young Abenaki girl, Malian's Song tells the true story of the deliberate English attack by British Major Robert Rogers on the St. Francis Abenaki community near Montreal in 1759. Jeanne Brink, a descendant of Malian living in Vermont, told the little-known Abenaki version of the brutal attack—which stands in direct contrast to Rogers' surviving journal records—to the Vermont Folklife Center. The only picture book to present this key piece of North American history from the Native American perspective, Malian's Song underscores the Abenaki people's strength and fortitude in the face of unspeakable loss.

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MARGE BRUCHAC, Abenaki, is a traditional storyteller and historical consultant to New England museums. Also a professor of Native American Studies, she holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts. She has received three awards from the National Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. WILLIAM MAUGHAN is the illustrator of Spirit of Endurance: The True Story of the Shackleton Expedition to the Antarctic by Jennifer Armstrong (2000) and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron by David Clement-Davies (2002), and is the author of The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head. He lives in Napa, California.

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Grade 2–4—This story, based on an English attack on the Abenaki in 1759, is notable for relating a lesser-known piece of history passed down through oral storytelling. Before the raid, Malian lives a happy life with her family. All that is destroyed when the English set fire to the entire village and her father is killed. Grief stricken, the girl makes a Lonesome Song. Eventually, the people rebuild, but vow never to forget. The art captures the details of the child's life, including homes, dress, and daily experiences. An afterword describes the event and how it was passed along and "discovered" nearly 200 years later. The story is told by Malian, with the text appearing in boxes over the full-page illustrations. The colors are muted, creating a feeling of reflection. Although the book relates a devastating experience, many of the scenes are peaceful, and the use of the past tense distances readers from the violence. Recommend this to history or English teachers for use in oral-history units.—Cris Riedel, Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School, Dansville, NY
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