The Adventures of Nimkii

Bebikaan-ezhiwebiziwinan Nimkii: The Adventures of Nimkii is the story of a modern dog who lives an adventurous life through all four seasons. Written by her human companion, Stacie Sheldon, and illustrated by Rachel Butzin, the book is intended to start conversations between children and adults. Learners will notice the book provides a basic introduction to most of the things that make Ojibwe unique in an interactive format. The book is fully bilingual, translated by Margaret Noodin and designed by Cecelia LaPointe.

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Listen to or download the full book audio: Nimkii Book

Related Activities

This is a Read-to-Me story or a read alone story for ages 7-9 year-olds. Ojibwe students of all ages will enjoy the book.

Word List

Nimkii Book

  1. Agongos(ag) – Chipmunk(s)
  2. Ajidaamoo(g) – Squirrel(s)
  3. Anang(oog) – Star(s)
  4. Animosh(ag) – Dog(s)
  5. Baapaase(g) – Woodpecker(s)
  6. Bikwaakwad(oon) – Ball(s)
  7. Bimibizo – To go for a ride
  8. Dekaag – Ice Cream
  9. Ditibise – To roll around
  10. Gaag(wag) – Porcupine(s)
  11. Gijigijigaaneshiinh(yag) – Chickadee(s)
  12. Gookomisinaan Dibikigiizis – Our Grandmother Moon
  13. Goonens(an) – Snowflake(s)
  14. Jiimaan(an) – Canoe(s)
  15. Mamaangibiisaa – To rain in big drops
  16. Mememgwaa(g) – Butterfly(ies)
  17. Mikan – To find something
  18. Mikaw – To find someone
  19. Minawaanigozid – To be happy
  20. Miskomin(ag) – Raspberry(ies)
  21. Nakwebidoon – To catch something
  22. Nashke! – Look!
  23. Nimkii – Thunder
  24. Odaabaan(ag) – Car(s)
  25. Waabooz(oog) – Rabbit(s)
  26. Waawaashkeshi(wag) – Deer
  27. Waawaata’amaw – To wave at someone
  28. Waawaatesi(wag) – Firefly(ies)
  29. Zhaashaawanibiisi(wag) – Swallow(s) (bird)
  30. Zhiibaangwashi – To nap
  31. Zhooshkwajiwe – To slide
  32. Zoogipon – It is snowing