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Fishing with Grandma

by Susan Avingaq; Maren Vsetula, illustrated by Charlene Chua, narrator Maika Harper & Roselynn Akulukjuk

tagged: winter sports, multigenerational, native canadian, polar regions
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publisher: Inhabit Media
Description

Adventure begins when Grandma takes her two grandchildren out for a trip to the lake. After showing the kids how to prepare for a fishing trip, Grandma and the kids enjoy a day of jigging in the ice for fish. Grandma shows them every step they need to know to complete a successful fishing trip, from what clothes to wear, to how to drill and clear holes in the ice, to how to make a traditional Inuit jigging rod. By the end of the day, the kids have a yummy meal of Arctic char, and they have also learned everything they need to know to go out on the lake on their own.

About the Authors

Susan Avingaq est née dans la toundra et est déménagée dans le village d’Igloolik au Nunavut au milieu des années 1970. Elle adore aller camper et pêcher chaque fois qu’elle le peut. Elle amène souvent de nouvelles personnes avec elle pour leur enseigner ces compétences de la terre. Elle aime beaucoup coudre et apprendre aux jeunes les pratiques culturelles traditionnelles. C’est une personne pleine de ressources et elle croit que ces pratiques sont d’importantes aptitudes à transmettre à la jeune génération. Elle compte plusieurs petits-enfants avec qui elle aime partager ses histoires.

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Maren Vsetula est enseignante et rédactrice de matériel éducatif pour le compte d’Inhabit Média. Elle veut toujours passer le plus de temps possible dans la toundra à se promener, pêcher, pagayer et faire du traineau à chiens. Elle a vécu et travaillé au Nunavut pendant plus d’une décennie.

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Charlene Chua was born and grew up in Singapore and moved to Canada in 2007. They started work in 1998 as a web designer and went on to become a senior designer, web producer and interactive project manager. However, what they really wanted to do was draw pictures all day. In 2003, they decided to give it a go and, after a few years, they became a full-time illustrator. Their illustration work has won several awards, including the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Award for Genius Jolene, and books they have illustrated have been nominated for OLA Forest of Reading awards, USBBY Outstanding International Books and the Shining Willow Award, and some have been named Kirkus Best Books. Charlene lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Maika Harper is a Canadian actress and model born and raised in the Arctic. She briefly studied classical theatre in the BFA program at the University of Windsor before starring in APTN's hit dramatic comedy Mohawk Girls as Anna. She has also made appearances in Kim’s Convenience as Michaela, and most recently on Burden of Truth as Doreen. Her theatrical debut was as an alternate in Treasure Island at the 2017 Stratford Festival and her film debut will be in The Education of Fredrick Fritzell which will be released later in 2019. In her spare time, she advocates for mental health awareness and mentors youth in Canada with Youth Fusion.
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Roselynn Akulukjuk was born in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, in the Canadian Arctic. In 2012, Roselynn moved to Toronto to pursue a career in film and attend the Toronto Film School, where she fell in love with being behind the camera. After finishing her studies and working in Toronto, Roselynn returned home to Nunavut, where she began working with Taqqut Productions, an Inuit-owned production company located in the capital of Nunavut, Iqaluit. Part of Roselynn’s love of filmmaking is the ability to interview elders, listen to their traditional stories, and share them with the world. In 2015, Roselynn wrote and directed her first film, the live-action and puppetry short The Owl and the Lemming, on which her book by the same title is based. Her film won Best Animation at the 2016 American Indian Film Festival.
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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
6 to 8
Grade:
1 to 3
Awards
  • , Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens
Editorial Reviews

"Brightly colored full-page scenes exemplify the children’s fascination and clearly illustrate the tools they use on their adventure. A natural fit for a social studies classroom, but also a cheery tale of intergenerational family life."

— Booklist

This well written and clearly illustrated book can be used by primary school teachers to address several areas of the curriculum such as seasonal changes, adaptations needed to survive changes in weather and temperature, food sustainability, and Indigenous fishing practices. During the reading of the book, students can be encouraged to practise their thinking skills by making predictions, asking questions and connecting aspects of the story to their own lives.


“Readers learn about the traditional tools of the trade through prose peppered with Inuktitut and also take away a sweet message of caring for our elders, as the youngsters share their yummy Arctic char with those who can no longer jig for themselves.”


“. . . Fishing with Grandma, which offers an engaging tale of two grandchildren and their grandma on an Arctic adventure, is ideal for primary grades.”