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Thomas and His Cat

Li Minoush Thomas and His Cat is a 32-page dual language picture book about a Métis boy and his pet cat. When Thomas feels left out because all his friends have pets, he asks his mother for a cat. She agrees, and when she calls it Minoush she introduces her son to the Michif language. Simple English text is appropriate for primary students. On each page the publisher has the Michif translation below the English text. Translated into Michif by Rita Flamand and illustrated by Sheldon Dawson, the book introduces young students to the Métis language which is a combination of Cree and French. In the story the mother compares the Michif language to dinosaurs because this unique language is nearing extinction in Canada. Thomas learns about the importance of his ancestry and now his cat represents the unique language. Thomas explains how his cat named Minoush received its cool name to his classmates during show and tell. The last page of the book provides a pronunciation guide for Michif vowel sounds. A good introduction for primary students about Michif language and its importance.

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