New Children's Book by American Indian Author Keith Egawa Explores Traditional Native American Teachings

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"Tani's Search for the Heart" is the questing tale of Tani, a young Coast Salish girl journeying through the wilds of the Pacific Northwest to find "the heart of all things" and discover her own ability to make the world a better place. The book explores themes of cultural and environmental preservation, as well as empowering young people to become leaders in an uncertain time.

Egawa’s new children’s book, http://www.tanissearchfortheheart Tani’s Search for the Heart, is illustrated by siblings Keith and Chenoa Egawa, Washington State Natives of Lummi and S’Klallam Indian ancestry. The Egawa’s have drawn upon their culture and individual experiences to create a tale of Coast Salish legend, tradition and contemporary lessons for all audiences.

It is the story of Tani, a young Native American girl exploring the mystery of one’s purpose and place in the world. Following the death of her grandmother, Tani embarks on a journey through the forests of the Pacific Northwest, abiding by her grandmother’s instructions to find “the heart of all things.” As Tani is helped along the way by animals such as Bear and Otter, the magical Stick Indian, and the spirit of her departed grandmother, readers experience the first peoples, creatures and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. At the same time, they explore qualities of character such as self-confidence, respect for nature, and courage in the face of uncertainty.

Through uniquely engaging images and characters, accessible and enjoyable for children and adults alike, Tani’s quest reminds us of the ever-increasing need to preserve our environment, fostering a mutual respect for that which sustains us all.

The Kirkus literary review of http://www.tanissearchfortheheart Tani’s Search for the Heart states: “The author’s unique voice makes the book a worthwhile addition to any child’s bookshelf. Vibrant illustrations and a rare perspective bring life to this questing tale.”

Keith is a published novelist (Madchild Running; Red Crane Books Inc.) with experience in the fields of education reform and social work. Chenoa has worked as a professional illustrator, international indigenous human rights advocate, and she is a singer with five CDs to her credit. Keith lives in the city of Seattle, and Chenoa lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.

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