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Children's Fiction Senses & Sensation

I Can See You

by (author) Rosemarie Avrana Meyok

illustrated by Michelle Simpson

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Mar 2022
Senses & Sensation, Polar Regions, Native Canadian, Multigenerational
Recommended Age
0 to 2
Recommended Grade
Recommended Reading age
0 to 2
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
    List Price

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In this adorable book to be shared with babies and toddlers, mothers explore their love for their babies as experienced through the five senses. From the sound of a baby's giggles to the smell of a kunik, this book celebrates the unique bonds shared between mothers and babies.

About the authors

Rosemarie Avrana Meyok was born in a small Hudson Bay post on Reid Island, Northwest Territories, and now lives in Kugluktuk, Nunavut. She studied as a teacher in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, and worked as an Inuinnaqtun teacher and program specialist, developing Inuktut teaching resources for the Nunavut Department of Education. She went on to study linguistics at the University of Western Ontario and the University of New Mexico. She has worked as a language researcher and translator. Rosemarie has four children (two of whom were adopted to her sister through custom adoption), twenty grandchildren, and more than ten great-grandchildren. Rosemarie loves to sew, bead, and design traditional and contemporary clothing. She spends as much time as she can out on the land with her large family.


Rosemarie Avrana Meyok's profile page

Michelle Simpson grew up in the woods of Niagara Falls, Ontario and still resides there today. She is a full-time freelance illustrator, focusing mainly on children's publications, and holds a BAA in illustration from Sheridan College. Michelle has worked as a concept artist at KeyFrame Animation for kids cartoons such as Ollie: The Boy Who Became What He Ate (Season 2) and Tee and Mo (Season 1). She is the author of Night Festival: A Silent Picture Book and Monsters In My House which was short-listed for the Canadian Self Publishing awards in 2014. Michelle has also illustrated Hanukkah Harvie vs. Santa Claus by David Michael Slater and Back Home by Shaista Kaba Fatehali. Michelle draws her inspiration for her artwork from nature, animals and folklore.


Michelle Simpson's profile page


  • Short-listed, Children's Category
  • Unknown, Best Board Books

Editorial Reviews

"Mothers play with their babies using all five senses in this delightful board book...This comfort read is a great peek into Canadian arctic life."—School Library Journal

"This sweet board book celebrates the love between a mother and her child using the five senses. From playing peek-a-boo to snuggles and kisses, the mothers and babies in this board book relish in the love they have for one another. The adorable illustrations contain aspects of Inuit culture. This would make a perfect gift for new mothers."—Book Riot

"This simple, friendly board book features mothers or caregivers and children exploring their love in a repeated pattern through the five senses. Details such as a "kunik" (Inuit nose kiss) between adult and child, plush animals (snowy owl, narwhal, walrus) and views of tundra and icebergs give clues to the far northern Canadian setting."—Shelf Awareness

"[T]his story is as loving and as cozy as the knitted quilt that the mother and child lay under. Highly recommended for home and public libraries"—Canadian Children's Booknews


"With bright illustrations, a simple rhythm of repetition and a unique cultural foundation...I Can See You will teach, delight and enlighten."—CanLit for Little Canadians


"I Can See You feels warm, inviting and significantly captivating. The attention to detail creates not only a comforting read aloud but also a visit to Canadian Arctic life. Highly Recommended"—CM Magazine

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