Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? This is a tale similar to Aesop’s tales of The Tortoise and the Hare and The Ant and the Grasshopper. Ukaliq is a white snow Arctic hare who is eager to go ice fishing, but is in a big hurry neglects to make the proper preparations. His friend Kalla a lemming is much slower, but also much more methodical and patient. Ukaliq sets off without any snacks and without making sure his snowmobile is well gassed. Once he begins fishing, his impatience causes him to constantly jiggle the line so that he doesn’t have a chance to catch any of the plentiful Arctic char. Luckily, his good friend has packed enough food for two and even brought an extra container of gas. Kayla also teaches Ukaliq that one has to be patient when waiting for the fish to bite. The colorful illustrations have a cartoon style and complement the text. A fun story about the virtues of patience and preparation. A good illustration of a great friendship.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a fun story to share with readers who like Aesop’s fables. Pair it with other northern tales such as Kumak’s Fish: a tall tale from the far north by Michael Bania and Kamik; an Inuit puppy story by Donald Uluadiuak.
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: 3/19/17