Akilak’s Adventure – Deborah Kigjugalik Webster, illustrated by Charlene Chua

71flmkpu7hl    Akilak’s Adventure – Deborah Kigjugalik Webster, illustrated by Charlene Chua, Inhabit Media Inc., (9781772271232), 2017

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  3

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book? A little Inuit girl named Akilak must take a long journey all alone.  When her grandmother hurts her ankle and their food supply is running low, Akilak is sent out to her uncle’s camp for supplies.   Her Grandmother tells her, ’ “‘Yes, granddaughter, you will walk a great distance, but keep in mind, your destination is not running away; it will be reached eventually.’”  Along the way Akilak finds company with a caribou who seems to embody the spirit of her grandmother.  The author includes an Afterward that explains some of the Inuit ideas that were used in the story.  The illustrations in muted tones of brow, gold, blue and green complement the text.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a nice introduction to Inuit culture for young children.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 1/14/17             

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