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Sustainability, Educational, Canadian Travel, Interactive Adventure, North American Animals, At Home Learning, Indigenous People

Xway, Xway and the Giant Red Cedar
by Zulebia Esmail

A long time ago, when the earliest people lived in British Columbia, two twin boys named Xwáý, Xwáý lived in a place that is now known as Stanley Park. Back then, life was hard because Xwáý, Xwáý’s people did not have any tools – that is, until the brothers go on a knowledge quest and find the amazing Giant Red Cedar tree. Along the way, they meet a Spirit Bear, Bald Eagle, and Beaver and learn important skills. But it is not until they are back home again that they learn the most important lesson of all…

Xway, Xway and the Giant Red Cedar is an engaging adventure story that teaches young children the importance of taking care of the environment and being true to their word. Along with the story, interactive questions are included to help readers better explore the story, illustrations and strengthen language skills while still having fun.

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Zulebia Esmail lives in Vancouver, British Columbia and enjoys taking walks with her husband and the family dog in Stanley Park, which was once the site of the Indigenous village called Xwayxway (pronounced Whoi whoi) that inspired her story.

Zulebia is an Early Childhood Educator and has owned and managed programs for her daycare, preschool and out of school care for thirty years. She notes she wanted to “write a book that sends a mindful message and that is a fun and interactive learning experience that provides an opportunity for parents to assess their children’s language abilities and expand knowledge as a family.” Xway, Xway and the Giant Red Cedar is her first book.


Zulebia Esmail
Laura Catrinella

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