The Three Hunters by Raymond Gianfrancesco and the Grade Four Class of Leo Ussak School, illustrated by Thamires Paredes

The Three Hunters by Raymond Gianfrancesco and the Grade Four Class of Leo Ussak School, illustrated by Thamires Paredes. Inhabit Media Inc., 2022. 9781772274288

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

Format: Paperback picture book

What did you like about the book? This Inuit tale, reminiscent of The Three Little Pigs, reminds us of how hard work pays off and the importance of listening to your elders. Most importantly, the story is the result of a year’s worth of hard work by Mr. Raymond Gianfranceso’s fourth grade class in Kangiqliniq, Nunavut. They were inspired by their culture and a variety of little pig tales they had read. The story details the perils of three brothers trying to survive in a blizzard. Each of them has a unique approach to survival, but only one has the answer to the problem. Paredes, a freelance illustrator in Brazil, worked magic with the colorful and vibrant pictures that fill each page with excitement and suspense. The glossary of Inuktut words helps the reader to pronounce the text and learn the meanings of the words. The text is engaging, and it moves the plot along at a satisfying pace. The fourth graders of Leo Ussak School aced this project! Well done!

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This book is a wonderful introduction to Inuit life and culture using a story formula that is familiar to many youngsters. The fact that it was written by children makes it even more charming, and it may inspire other young readers to pick up their pens and become writers.

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

Where would you shelve it?   Picture books 

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:  Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review:   November 21, 2022

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