The Gathering Tree is a beautifully illustrated children's book about HIV/AIDS. Written by award-winning First Nations author Larry Loyie and co-author Constance Brissenden, it is a gentle, positive story of a First Nations family facing HIV. After eleven-year-old Tyler and his younger sister Shay-Lyn learn their favourite cousin Robert has HIV, they discover that knowledge brings understanding and self-awareness. Aspects of physical, spiritual, mental and emotional health are addressed.
Includes reproducible fact sheets on STDs. Very up-to-date, current generation of teens (nose rings, eyebrow piercing etc), explores the myths about STDs and pregnancy. "The only sure way to avoid getting STDs or HIV is abstinence." Shows the reality of being a teen parent - interviews with teen dads and moms. Talks about abstinence as a choice, and the pressures on kids to have sex (media images, peer pressure) but then does address the choice to be sexually active ; how alcohol and drugs affect judgement.