Media Advisory - Ottawa family wins national contest: Robert Munsch pays them a visit this Saturday

    TORONTO, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - On Saturday, January 17, legendary Canadian
children's author Robert Munsch will make a special visit to the Kicknosway
family's Family Literacy Day party in Ottawa. The Kicknosway party is the
winning entry in the fourth annual Munsch at Home contest and was selected
from numerous applications sent in from across Canada.
    Munsch will join the family and their friends at Minwaashin Lodge, a
local centre which provides a range of programs and services, including
literacy, to First Nations, Inuit and Metis women and children. The group will
listen to stories and learn Oji Cree words from traditional teachers, such as
the names of animals and how to write their name in Cree syllabics. Everyone
will also enjoy a potluck lunch of traditional moose stew, goose meat, bannock
and three sisters soup. Munsch will then tell a few of his classic stories,
including his most famous - Love you Forever - and then everyone will learn
how to sing the Love you Forever song in Mohawk.


           Photo-op: Robert Munsch interacting and storytelling with
           families, watching traditional dance and drumming and eating moose

           Interview-ops: Robert Munsch; families; ABC CANADA representatives

    WHEN:  Saturday, January 17, 2009, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

    WHERE: Minwaashin Lodge, 613-741-5590
           424 Catherine Street, 2nd Floor, Ottawa

    About Robert Munsch

    Robert Munsch is the author of more than 50 children's books, including
the Paper Bag Princess, Thomas's Snowsuit and Love you Forever, which has sold
more than 20 million copies in North America. He is also the honorary chair of
Family Literacy Day.

    About ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation

    ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation is Canada's private-sector voice
championing adult literacy. The national charity envisions a Canada where
individuals, regardless of their circumstances, are provided the opportunities
to increase the skills that prepare people for realizing their full potential
at work, at home and in the community. To learn more, visit

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Karen Benner, Manager of
Corporate Communications, ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation, Phone Office:
1-800-303-1004 ext. 122, Cell: (647) 588-7277, Email:

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