Go Show the World : A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes
Author: Wab Kinew
Grade Levels: Two, Three, Four, Five, Six
Nation: Chickasaw, Cree, Lakota, Metis, Mohawk, Odawa, Ojibwe, Omaha, Pawnee, Sac and Fox, Shawnee, Shoshone
Book Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Tundra Books
Copyright Data: 2018
Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes is a much anticipated children’s picture book by musician, reporter, and politician Wab Kinew. The brightly illustrated picture book celebrates fourteen historical and contemporary men and women from Canadian and American Indigenous heroes who have made outstanding contributions to their communities as well as their respective Nations. Kinew is a hip-hop artist and uses his rhyming talents to acknowledge the various achievements of Sacagawea, Waneek Horn-Miller, Carey Price, Ted Nolan, John Herrington, Beatrice Culleton Mosionier, Jim Thorpe, Francis Pegahmagabow, Dr. Evan Adams, Net-no-kwa, Te-Wau-Zee, Susan LaFlesche Picotte, Tecumseh, and Crazy Horse. With brief biographical highlights Kinew uses the repeating refrain, “You are people who matter. / Yes, it’s true. / Now go show the world what people who matter can do.” Illustrator Joe Morse combines digitally coloured watercolour and collage in the portraits of each individual shown excelling in their chosen fields. These bright images will engage younger readers to find out more about each hero. Additional details about these men and women can be found at the end of the book. The images and text paint celebratory accounts of role models Kinew found fascinating. The author’s note will assist teachers, librarians and students in demonstrating that Indigenous men and women have made and continue to make outstanding contributions to North America. Highly recommended.