When I Was Eight

Having young children I get the opportunity to read many different picture books. It’s a different experience then a book of only words, there’s a simplicity of story that I find I like. It’s like a storyteller sitting round the fire. 

When I Was Eight, by Christy Jordan-Fenton (Author), Margaret Pokiak-Fenton (Author), Gabrielle Grimard (Illustrator) is a compelling story that you should read, too. There is so much wrapped up in this book. A bit of history, witnessing the cruelty of colonization, the magic of thoughts & words,  and a triumph over adversity. 

This is a piece of culture that I would like to see continue on. I hope that you will share this book with your children. It’s available at my local library, probably yours too.

Published by Milton

C. Milton Dixon is an permaculturist, forager, educator, and and all around computer savvy guy. He is co-manager at the emergent The Cooperative at Dawn Farm. You can reach him at or 773.789.8887.

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