Penny M. Thomas, of Cree-Ojibway background, believes in approaching healing from all directions, with storytelling key to this purpose. Her first book for children, Powwow Counting in Cree, was winner of the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award. She is an advocate for First Nations people and works in the field of psychology and therapy. Karen Hibbard is a freelance illustrator who draws on a long career as a visual artist. Karen has illustrated picture books for Planete rebelle (Montreal), Annick Press (Toronto) as well as several activity books for youth with Editions Mango on behalf of the Musee d'Orsay.
Through accessible language and engaging visual resources, readers are introduced to basic Cree as Nimoshom responds in this language to the children who ride his bus. [...] The illustrator's varying the visuals between full double spreads and single page illustrations keeps the pacing lively. Amidst a rural fall setting, with woodland animals, children, and the school bus, Nimoshom's humorous nature shines through these gentle illustrations. At the end of this story, you just want to give Nimoshom a great big hug! - Anita Miettunen, CM: Canadian Review of Materials "In this bilingual book, readers follow a bus driver picking up kids and dropping them off before and after school. Like the students on the bus, readers quickly learn that the driver's native language is Cree, and he often speaks to them in his native language. Readers learn that "Nimoshom" means "my grandfather" and that "Ekosani" means thank you" as the author (of Cree descent herself) weaves Cree words into the text, and each new spread almost feels like a gentle wave: yes, we're subtly learning new words, but it never feels strenuous or forced, rather it's calm and poetic." - Let's Talk Picture Books A simple but endearing glimpse of Cree language and life.-- Kirkus Reviews "All children would be fortunate to have Nimoshom as their bus driver! With a gentle understanding of his charges, Nimoshom not only picks up and drops off schoolchildren but imparts love and kind discipline while using his Cree language. A relatable introduction to basic Cree, with lovely watercolors. A word guide at the end summarizes the words used." - NetGalley review