The First Blade of Sweetgrass
Musquon must overcome her impatience while learning to distinguish sweetgrass from other salt marsh grasses, but slowly the spirit and peace of her surroundings speak to her, and she gathers sweetgrass as her ancestors have done for centuries, leaving the first blade she sees to grow for future generations. This sweet, authentic story from a Maliseet mother and her Passamaquoddy husband includes backmatter about traditional basket making and a Wabanaki glossary.
The illustrations are beautiful and mesmerizing as they take readers right into the story, feeling as though they’re present with Musqon and her grandmother during the grass picking. Images of baskets that contain the picked sweetgrass are shown, and the beauty of the land is clearly evident in the picturesque pages.
It was especially nice to see a glossary and some back matter about the story behind the book, including how sweetgrass is used beyond basket making. It is a beautiful tale of tradition, coming of age, and family.