The First Blade of Sweetgrass

by Suzanne Greenlaw

Other authorsNancy Baker (Illustrator), Gabriel Frey (Author)
Hardcover, 2021



In this Own Voices Native American picture book story, a modern Wabanaki girl is excited to accompany her grandmother for the first time to harvest sweetgrass for basket making.

Musquon must overcome her impatience while learning to distinguish sweetgrass from other salt marsh grasses, but slowly the spirit and peace of her surroundings speak to her, and she gathers sweetgrass as her ancestors have done for centuries, leaving the first blade she sees to grow for future generations. This sweet, authentic story from a Maliseet mother and her Passamaquoddy husband includes backmatter about traditional basket making and a Wabanaki glossary.

This item was purchased with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Oregon. Institute of Museum and Library Services:


Tilbury House Publishers (2021), 32 pages


Original language



0884487601 / 9780884487609

Physical description

32 p.; 10.4 inches


1 copy
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