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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

Pivik Learns from Takannaaluk

English Edition

by (author) Paninnguaq Lind Jensen

illustrated by Hannah Barrett

Arvaaq Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2023
Native Canadian, Siblings, Native American, Polar Regions
Recommended Age
7 to 9
Recommended Grade
Recommended Reading age
7 to 9
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2023
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2023
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In this story from West Greenland, one young girl tries to teach her mischievous little sister a lesson by telling her the Inuit traditional story of Takannaaluk.

Pivik is the laziest little sister! She is always complaining about helping Anaana and stealing the best food for herself. Fed up, her big sister, Ukaleq, seizes the chance to teach Pivik a lesson. Ukaleq tells Pivik the story of how Takannaaluk became the Mother of Sea Mammals. Ukaleq warns Pivik not to anger Takannaaluk by being greedy, or their community will starve. Pivik is so scared she can’t sleep! Will Ukaleq’s lesson finally teach Pivik to put others before herself?

Explore a spooky legend from the deep waters of West Greenland from Paninnguaq Lind Jensen, the author of Talloqut.

About the authors

Paninnguaq Lind Jensen is a traditional practitioner of kakiornerit. She loves reading and learning more about Inuit culture and traditions. Paninnguaq has a daughter and one more baby on the way. She wishes for them and all Inuit children that all kinds of stories, knowledge, and information about Inuit culture and traditions will be easily accessible for them. Paninnguaq wants to tell as many stories as possible and share as much knowledge as she can.

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Hannah Barrett was born and raised in Canada with a deep Irish heritage. Hannah has always had a love for telling stories through illustration. With a Degree in Illustration from Sheridan College and a strong passion for creating works of nature, folklore and the macabre, Hannah’s work helps give the story an even stronger voice with her detailed and dynamic imagery. Her research is a passion that assists in creating emotional, thought-provoking narrative work that instils many different types of emotions from readers and viewers.

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