Story: Jacqueline Kelly
Illustrations: Jana Tubinshlak
Appropriate for ages: 8-12
Manigan is a gentle giant and steward of the Earth who uses his bounty to aid those in need. He helps a couple of people who unfortunately take advantage of his kindness and eat up his stores of food. When the giant becomes weak, the couple realize that they have to give back to the one who has given them so much and they nurture Manigan back to health. This tale, which evokes First Nations wisdom, is a parable that reminds us of the need to treat our world with respect, and not just as a resource for human consumption.
This reader also accompanies the board game La Terre: