________________ CM . . . . Volume XX Number 22. . . .February 7, 2014

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Grandmother Ptarmigan.

Qaunaq Mikkigak & Joanne Schwartz. Illustrated by Qin Leng.
Iqaluit, NU: Inhabit Media, 2013.
24 pp., hardcover, $13.95.
ISBN 978-1-927095-52-2.

Preschool / Ages 2-4.

Review by Willow Moonbeam.

*** /4

   

excerpt:

Once there was a little ptarmigan who would not go to sleep.
His grandma sang him a lullaby. But he would not go to sleep.
His grandma said, "Close your eyes now." Still he would not go to sleep.

 

Inhabit Media continues to adapt traditional Inuit tales to the book format. This process is often accomplished with Inuit elders as is the case with this story. Grandmother Ptarmigan is intended for younger children and fills the same place as Aesopís fables. This story will not be familiar to most readers in the south although the format is similar to fables of all types and is equally enjoyable.

internal art      The text is simple and direct, as you would expect in a traditional tale. These authentic words capture our attention and encourage us to feel sympathy for Grandmother Ptarmigan who cannot get her grandchild to go to sleep.

     The illustrations are also straightforward. Most of the pictures include just the birds and the nest, shown in a clear and affecting manner. In a few cases, there are some indications that this tale is taking place in the north, such as including an igloo in the background. Both the words and the illustrations can open discussions about the north, the types of animals, building materials and weather.

     Grandmother Ptarmigan deserves a place with Aesop's fables and fables of all types. Another wonderful book from Inhabit Media.

Recommended.

Willow Moonbeam is a librarian and college math professor living in Toronto, ON, with an interest in knitting, astrology and learning new things.

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