I am Raven has won the 2008 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Gold Medal for best Multicultural Picture Book!
I am Raven
Written by: David Bouchard
Illustrated by: Andy Everson
Written by best-selling author David
Bouchard, this book explores
the world of animal spirit guides. I am honoured to have contributed
my artwok into making this book a treasure for readers of all
A note from David:
"An Elder once asked me
if my spirit animal guardian was Bear. I must have looked
somewhat confused because she went on to explain that Bear
was the wise Elder, the teacher. She told me that Bear
understood as well as any what to take from our mother
Earth and how important it was to always put back that
which we took. “You’ve been a teacher
many years? Are you guided by Bear?” she asked. “YES!” I
answered confidently. “Yes. In fact, my guardian is the
Grizzly Bear” I smiled.
Dear reader, you must understand that I have
always been fascinated by the powerful giant, Bear. “If
you want to be certain of this,” she said softly, “all
you have to do is close your eyes before travelling to your dreamtime – close
your eyes and picture your guardian. Thank it. Ask it for guidance.
Try to see it. It will be there for you. It does not hide. It
is proud to be part of who you are.”
That night, I couldn’t wait to get to bed. I was very anxious
to see my totem. I knew to be Bear. I closed my eyes and the first
and only thing I saw was a big, goofy looking Raven staring straight
at me. He looked ragged; one of his neck feathers was sticking
off to the side. I spoke to him, respectfully. “Hello Raven.
It is good to see you here in my dreamtime. However, I’d
be grateful if you would just step over
to the side – either side – just step aside please
because Bear is trying to come into my vision and – just
step aside a little – please.
I fell asleep. The next day, I shared my story with the knowing
Elder who didn’t hesitate to tell me that she wasn’t
surprised to hear my story. She knew that I had succeeded in school
in spite of the fact that I was a weak reader. She knew that I
had done things in my life that could have been seen as being too
much for me. She knew my wife and that I had to be very cunning
indeed to have talked such a beautiful woman into marrying me.
The lesson I learned from that Elder that day came to me through
the last words she spoke to me. “David, surely you know that
you are not Bear. You are Raven.”
For more information on the book and how to order a copy (or 10
or 1000), please visit the MTW
Publishers website. Also, here's a link to order it on Chapters.