Winner of the 2003 Governor General's Literary Award
"Listen to the beating drum "
"It tells a hundred stories "
"Of our people, of our homeland "
"Some of birds and beasts and sweet grass. "
"Close your eyes and listen "
"You might come to hear a story "
"That no one hears but you alone "
"A story of your very own. "
"The paintings are both simple and profound, serene and dynamic." --"The Globe and Mail "
"Based on Cree painter Allen Sapp's childhood memories of life on a reserve in Saskatchewan, "The Song Within My Heart "tells of a young boy who is getting ready to go to a pow wow. Woven throughout the story is the boy's close relationship with his Nokum (grandmother). Bouchard's lyrical text, with its thoughtfully chosen words, evokes a quiet, introspective mood. Richly textured and infused with an almost radiant light quality, the illustrations reinforce strongly the simplicity of life on a reserve, the significance of the pow wow and, of course, the love between grandmother and grandson. Beautifully crafted. Highly Recommended."
- "CM Magazine"