Tani's Search for the Heart - Children's books and stories for kids of all ages

We are excited to announce the availability of our newly published children’s story, Tani's Search for the Heart. This book is authored and illustrated by the brother and sister team of Keith and Chenoa Egawa, Washington Natives of Lummi and S’klallam Indian ancestry.  It is the story of Tani, a young Coast Salish 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.” Not knowing if she will recognize the answer she seeks, Tani is helped along the way by animals such as Bear and Otter, the magical Stick Indian, and the spirit of her departed grandmother.

Overcoming challenges of the landscape, as well as her own self-doubt, Tani begins to awaken the special gifts and wisdom within her, carried by her people through generations. As Tani finds the heart, young 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. Tani’s quest reminds us of the ever-increasing need to preserve our environment, fostering a mutual respect for that which sustains us all. 

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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 is a traditional ceremonial leader and singer with five CDs to her credit. Keith and Chenoa have woven together their experiences, delivering a universal message through uniquely engaging images and characters, accessible and enjoyable for children and adults alike. 

You can learn more about the book, read sample pages, and watch a video about the book. Buy the book for $14.99 at our publisher CreateSpace to best support the artists. Our book is also available on Amazon.com, in paperback and Kindle formats.

Chenoa and Keith are also available to conduct presentations to students. If you represent a school or other organization that would like us to present to your students, or you would like to purchase our book, you can contact us through our Facebook page or email at keithegawa@yahoo.com and chenoaegawa@hotmail.com.

We hope the images and voices of this story entertain and enlighten.

Keith & Chenoa

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Written by Chenoa Egawa — February 15, 2013