Ages 6-8
Ages 6-8

Ages 6-8

Orca Book Publishers

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Author: Pasquet, Jacques

Brand: Orca Book Publishers

Binding: Hardcover

Format: Picture Book

Number Of Pages: 32

Release Date: 29-08-2017

Details: Product Description There's an invisible creature in the waves around Sarichef. It is altering the lives of the Iñupiat people who call the island home. A young girl and her family are forced to move to the center of the island for refuge from the rising sea level. Soon the entire village will have to relocate to the mainland. Heartbroken, the young girl and her grandfather worry: what else will be lost when they are forced to abandon their homes and their community? Addressing the topic of climate refugees, My Wounded Island is based on the challenges faced by the Iñupiat people who live on the small islands north of the Bering Strait near the Arctic Circle. From School Library Journal Gr 1–3—This somber story introduces the effect of climate change on the Iñupiat, Native people inhabiting Sarichef, a small island near the Arctic Circle. Imarvaluk, a young girl born and raised on the island, describes the sea that is slowly "devouring" the land as having been "bewitched by an evil creature." The small wooden houses need to be moved inland from the coast, as it is increasingly engulfed by water. Hunting for their livelihood, hunters can't use their snowmobiles on the pack ice, as it is no longer strong enough to support them. Outsiders studying these effects have come to the island and explained that warmer temperatures are causing glacial melting and rising water. Residents fear Sarichef may vanish completely under the sea. While some families consider moving to the mainland, Imarvaluk's grandfather worries that if the island disappears, so will the traditions and memories of the Iñupiat people. The mixed-media, full-bleed illustrations use a mostly bright palette, which provides some relief from the serious tone of the tale. Scenes of the encroaching water are particularly powerful. VERDICT Considering that there are few picture books on this subject, this introductory tool fills a gap. Recommended where there is interest or a curricular need.—Sara-Jo Lupo Sites, George F. Johnson Memorial Library, Endicott, NY Review "Pasquet's moving story does introduce the concept of climate change, and its imminent catastrophic impact on many indigenous communities, to young readers. Arbona's illustrations are by turns lyrical and frightening, truly indicative of the themes of the book. A moving...look at a very real threat.", Kirkus Reviews "The care and tenderness with which Imarvaluk describes her home throws the consequences of climate change into stark relief…[an] environmental conversation starter.", Publishers Weekly ★ " My Wounded Island succeeds because it depicts climate change as a character in its own right―the evil sea monster that is slowly eating away at Sarichef…Arbona's haunting mixed-media illustrations mesh perfectly with the tone of Pasquet's story…It's refreshing that Pasquet does not downplay the situation on Sarichef…This story is raw, melancholic, and completely unforgettable. It is a must for helping children understand the realities of climate change using imagery they can understand.", Quill & Quire, starred review "The mixed-media, full-bleed illustrations use a mostly bright palette, which provides some relief from the serious tone of the tale. Scenes of the encroaching water are particularly powerful…This introductory tool fills a gap. Recommended where there is interest or a curricular need.", School Library Journal "The topics of the book, climate change and climate refugees, are very timely and significant. My Wounded Island helps put a face on how climate change is impacting people and not just the environment…The narrative is dense and lyrical, and the illustrations are thoroughly engaging.", CM Magazine "Jacques Pasquet has created a character with whom young readers can identify. In doing so, he successfully cultivates empathy not only for Imarvaluk, but for her people, the I&ntildeupiat, and the terrible predicament in which they find themselves. Marion Arbona's illustrations are bot

EAN: 9781459815650

Package Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.4 x 0.6 inches

Languages: English, French