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The Pencil

by Susan Avingaq & Maren Vsetula, illustrated by Charlene Chua

tagged: native canadian, new experience, polar regions, humorous stories
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list price: $16.95
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published: Apr 2019
pages: 36
ISBN:9781772272161
publisher: Inhabit Media
Description

2020 USBBY OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL BOOK  
"[A] wonderful and touching story" — New York Time Book Review
"A breath of warmth from the far north"— Kirkus Reviews
Susan and her sister, Rebecca, love watching their mother write letters to people in other camps. Their mother has one precious pencil, and she keeps it safe in her box for special things. One afternoon, their mother leaves the iglu to help a neighbour, and Susan, Rebecca, and their brother Peter are left with their father. They play all their regular games but are soon out of things to do—until their father brings out the pencil! As Susan draws and draws, the pencil grows shorter and shorter. What will their mother think when she comes home? Based on author Susan Avingaq’s childhood memories of growing up in an iglu, this charming story introduces young readers to the idea of using things wisely.

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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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
6 to 8
Grade:
1 to 3
Awards
  • , USBBY Outstanding International Book
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
Editorial Reviews

The Pencil is an incredible look into a life not many people get to see or experience...a must-read for kids and adults alike. Highly Recommended."—CM Magazine


"The Pencil goes beyond a lesson in frugality and becomes a story of family, of play and of culture, which many children will appreciate."—CanLit for Little Canadians


"The Pencil goes beyond a lesson in frugality and becomes a story of family, of play and of culture, which many children will appreciate."—CanLit for Little Canadians


" [A] rich and moving story about how small things can make a tremendous difference in children’s lives...Avingaq’s childhood is beautifully evoked in this charming story about the need to take care of our belongings."—The Globe and Mail


"A family-focused story with a light moral that lovingly illuminates a lifestyle rarely seen in children’s books."—School Library Journal


"[A] wonderful and touching story about resilience and thrift and community. The illustrations are appropriately done in pencil, and they are playful and open and beautiful."—The New York Times Book Review


"Authors Avingaq and Vsetula understand life in Nunavut, Canada, and embed in the story the importance of being responsible for belongings and caring for them wisely...A breath of warmth from the far north."—Kirkus Reviews