Skye Bird and the Eagle Feather
Skye is beginning a new school year at a shiny new school that doesn’t feel as welcoming as her old school. Her teacher doesn’t understand her and her classmates laugh at her. She wants to dance powwow and start a Culture Club and Drumming Group, but there is no such thing at her new school and her principal won’t even consider it. One night, an old woman comes to Skye in a dream. She’s carrying an eagle feather … and Skye learns what she must do to make things right.
“Every time I read one of Mary Harelkin Bishop’s books, I learn something new. As a relative newcomer to Canada and Saskatchewan, I’ve heard the words, “We recognize that we are standing on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis…” many times without really knowing what that meant. Now, thanks to Bishop’s latest book, Skye Bird and the Eagle Feather, I have a vivid picture in my mind… As I read the book, I had no idea how it was going to end. Clearly it would end well (it is a children’s book, after all), but how? Some of the characters were so emotionally rigid that I couldn’t see how they could change without stepping out of character. But somehow Bishop manages to work a story miracle… The book is a great way for children to discover the history that is all around them and the significant part that each of us plays in our world. ”
“Bishop's latest novel is a smooth-flowing, straightforward narrative that would work well as an independent reading choice or as a part of an integrated Language Arts/Social Studies curriculum. The integration of main character Skye's dream narratives with the plot is seamless; there is none of the jumpiness that sometimes comes with such a switch in perspective. Bishop includes a line about the importance of these dreams in Chapter Three: "She knew visions were important in her culture—they were a way to help a person learn something and Skye knew she needed all the help she could get. "