ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: The Gift is in the Making Anishinaabeg Stories by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson


Release Date:
 July 13, 2020
Publisher: HWP Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 2 hours 44 minutes
Narrator: Tiffany Ayalik
Genre: Multicultural Interest/YA
Buy: Audible | Paperback


The Gift Is in the Making retells previously published Anishinaabeg stories, bringing to life Anishinaabeg values and teachings to a new generation. Readers are immersed in a world where all genders are respected, the tiniest being has influence in the world, and unconditional love binds families and communities to each other and to their homeland. Sprinkled with gentle humour and the Anishinaabe language, this collection speaks to children and adults alike, and reminds us of the timelessness of stories that touch the heart.


This is a beautiful book that tells the stories that have been passed down for generations in the oral tradition of the Anishinaabeg. The author uses the native names for different animals and people in the stories but at the beginning of each story she tells you what each name means.  It may be neat to have a chart with he native names with a photo beside it for children to refer to as they listen.  Each story is short but important, the tie that seems to bind them all together is a need for respect for the land, the people and animals.  With one of these things out of balance the whole system suffers.  

These would be beautiful stories to listen to around a fire or listened to and then retold around the fire.  

Disclaimer: I received this book through from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.