(Tottenham, ON, January 10, 2011) – For years, children of all ethnicities, had the same literature/cartoon characters to watch and read while they were growing up. Such as Bugs Bunny, The Flintstones, Scooby Doo, Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, The Simpsons, etc…While these are all great shows/characters, not one particular cartoon or character stands out as being aboriginal.
Meet Porcupine. Created in the year 2006 by Emilie Corbiere, a native from Walpole Island First Nation. Porcupine is a sometimes grumpy sourpuss who is just trying to live his life in the forest but is constantly interrupted by other animals and unforseen adventures. Porcupine’s Bad Day is the first book in the new series, followed by Porcupine Goes to the City and newly released is the third installment, Porc and Beans.
This new series of childrens storybooks is quite different than most, being that they are written in part English and part Ojibwe. In each book, there are four Ojibwe words that get repeated throughout the story. Such as the word gaag, which is the Ojibwe translation for Porcupine. Making these stories fun and easy to learn is the main objection.
Emilie Corbiere is currently working on new material for the Porcupine series, which will be released in 2011. The books are being sold across Canada and the official Porcupine website is at http://www.porcupineandfriends.com.
Joanne Skulj wrote:
“I purchased two of Ms. Corbiere’s Porcupine books for my grandchildren and now whenever they come to sleep over, we have to read both of them before bedtime.”
Teresa Dobson wrote:
“While I was visiting my friend, who lives on Manitoulin Island, I came across Emilie’s books in one of the giftshops and instantly fell in love with the grouchy porcupine.”
Mike Laberge wrote:
“I bought Porcupine’s Bad Day for my fiance because of her love for animals and the fact that she is also native, which was a huge selling point.”
Kathy Prince: Grade three teacher at Saginaw P.S. in Kitchener, ON wrote:
“Emilie comes to my classroom every year and does a wonderful presentation for my grade three students about aboriginal people of Canada. The children love to hear her stories about Porcupine and his adventures/ misadventures. We hope that she writes many more stories about him.”
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Cynthis (Nahdee) Ciesielski is a native from Walpole Island First Nation. Cynthia started illustrating childrens books in 2006 but has long before been creating wonderful paintings, drawings, murals and crafts. Cynthia grew up in Mississauga, Ontario and credits nature and family as her main inspiration for her work.
Cynthia currently resides in Orillia, Ontario with her husband Brian and their child Ethan. She also has two older children from a previous marriage, Sonni and Phoebe Steinborn.