The Gathering Tree

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Theytus Books, 2005 - AIDS (Disease) - 46 pages
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The Gathering Tree is a beautifully illustrated children's book about HIV/AIDS. Written by award-winning First Nations author Larry Loyie and co-author Constance Brissenden, it is a gentle, positive story of a First Nations family facing HIV. After eleven-year-old Tyler and his younger sister Shay-Lyn learn their favourite cousin Robert has HIV, they discover that knowledge brings understanding and self-awareness. Aspects of physical, spiritual, mental and emotional health are addressed.

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About the author (2005)

Loyie was born in Alberta, Canada, where he spent his early years living a traditional Cree life. He has worked as a fisherman, longshoreman, logger and native counselor. He is the recipient of the 2001 Canada Post Literacy Award for Individual Achievement (British Columbia).

Constance Brissenden is a Canadian travel and history writer. She has directed plays by partner Larry Loyie and is co-founder of Living Traditions Writers Group. She and Loyie were co-recipients of the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Nonfiction in 2003 for "As Long as the Rivers Flow: A Last Summer before Residential School", a book about Loyie's experiences growing up as a Cree in northwestern Alberta.

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