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Kunu’s Basket | Lee DeCora Francis


Young Kunu wants to make a pack basket on his own. He’s watched his dad and his grandfather make baskets on Indian Island, but now that he is trying to make one for himself, it’s not as easy as he thought it would be. Kunu isn’t a quitter, but he gets so frustrated that he has to go outside to cool off. When his grandfather asks Kunu to help him with some basketmaking tasks, Kunu comes to understand that it is the tradition in his family for one generation to help the next. He also learns that it might take several tries before he gets it right. Can he be patient enough to try again and again? His grandfather shows him the way, and at last Kunu’s first basket is something to celebrate.

Written by Lee DeCora Francis
Illustrated by Susan Drucker
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
Format: Hardcover Picture Book
Length: 30 pages
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9780884483304

Located at the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner.

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Lee DeCora Francis (Penobscot/HoChunk) comes from both the Penobscot Indian Nation in Maine and the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. She is a teacher at the tribal elementary school located at the Penobscot Nation. She lives on Indian Island in Maine with her husband, two beautiful sons, and their cat.

Susan Drucker has loved drawing and painting since she was a child. An illustrator and artist, she lives with her husband in Bowdoinham, Maine, and has two grown children. She is thankful to have had the opportunity to learn about the Penobscot Indians while working on this book.

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Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 10 × .5 in