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Children's Fiction Polar Regions

Wild Eggs

A Tale of Arctic Egg Collecting (Inuktitut)

by (author) Suzie Napayok-Short

illustrated by Jonathan Wright

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Sep 2015
Polar Regions, Native Canadian, Multigenerational
Recommended Age
6 to 8
Recommended Grade
1 to 3
Recommended Reading age
6 to 8
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2018
    List Price
  • Downloadable audio file

    Publish Date
    Dec 2021
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Akuluk is not excited about visiting her grandparents in Nunavut. She would rather head south for summer vacation, somewhere with roller coasters and cotton candy. There can't be much to do way up there, Akuluk figures. But as soon as she steps off the plane and sees all the exciting animals that the tundra has to offer, Akuluk forgets all about her dreams of going south. On her first full day in Nunavut, she can't wait to travel out on the land with her grandfather to hunt for wild eggs.
As she learns about the different types of eggs, how to collect them properly, and the delicious meals that can be prepared with them, Akuluk knows that this is just the beginning of the exciting things she'll learn about the Arctic.

About the authors

Suzie Napayok-Short was born in Iqaluit, NT. At the time, her father worked with the Canadian teams at the early northern Distant Early Warning (DEW) Defense sites. Eventually they moved to Southampton Island, the one place located between the Baffin and the Kivalliq regions, with wildlife and sea mammals surrounding the island and the area. Each spring meant the sea ice begins slowly disappearing for the season of summer and wildlife would abound with the return of the many different breeding birds ranging from geese to peregrine falcons, the thick-billed murres, to the sandpipers. The whales are also back. She grew up in this tradition during her childhood. Suzie authored two other children’s books along with Wild Eggs that was nominated for a Silver Birch award as her first children’s book in 2017. She lives in Yellowknife, NWT and bases most of her stories on legends she learned throughout her childhood and her own experiences with wildlife.

Suzie Napayok-Short's profile page

Jonathan Wright is an illustrator and animator living in Iqaluit, Nunavut. He graduated from Sheridan College in Ontario and has illustrated for a variety of newspapers, magazines and books.

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Editorial Reviews

“. . . [T]he perfect book to begin a child’s lifelong relationship with nature.”

“Illustrations have a soft, almost dreamy quality and serve as the perfect accompaniment to a story about respecting and honoring family, culture, and the world around us.”

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