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Children's Fiction Beginner

Remembering the Sun's Return (English)

by (author) Carolyn MacDonald

illustrated by Athena Gubbe

Inhabit Education Books Inc.
Initial publish date
May 2020
Beginner, General, Polar Regions, Native Canadian
Recommended Age
7 to 9
Recommended Grade
2 to 4
Recommended Reading age
7 to 9
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2020
    List Price

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Ivarluk loves listening to his anaanatsiaq's stories about long ago.

Anaanatsiaq tells Ivarluk about how they celebrated the return of the sun when she was a child and shares stories about what they did during "the great darkness."

About the authors

Carolyn MacDonald grew up in Lachine, Quebec, and was from an early age befriended by Inuit from the Eastern Arctic who were regular visitors to her family home while they waited to return north by ship, following medical treatment in Montreal. These friendships and other Arctic connections were to shape her future teaching career. In the mid-1960s she spent three summers in Arctic Quebec, after which, in 1968, she moved to Kangirsualujjauq, Nunavik, and worked as an early elementary teacher in the community’s two-room school. In 1985, after ten years in Ottawa, she moved to Igloolik with her family, where, for almost twenty-five years, she worked in the Ataguttaaluk School on a half-time basis. There she team-taught Grade 2 and 3, and later she worked closely with Inuit teacher-trainees, special-needs, and program support. She was involved with Igloolik’s community-based Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP). In her spare time she undertook volunteer educational activities in the community. Collaborating with community Elders and a professional archaeologist, she assisted in running a summer field archaeology school for local students, offering Grade 10, 11, and 12 credits. She also helped to establish Igloolik’s Headstart Program, including its curriculum development and programs, its teacher training needs, and its fundraising activities.

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Athena Gubbe is an Ontario-based artist. She works as an animator and painter. In her spare time you can find her backpacking in the wilderness and working with wildlife.

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