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nattiq and the Land of Statues

A Story from the Arctic

Written by Barbara Landry • Illustrated by Martha Kyak

For students in grades P - 2 | Published March 01, 2020 | ISBN 9781554988914

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Regular price $18.95 CAD

24 pages | 9.5 in × 9 in
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Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

nattiq and the Land of Statues

A Story from the Arctic

Barbara Landry • Martha Kyak

In this charming story that includes words in Inuktitut, a ringed seal returns to the Arctic with stories of discovery and friendship.

A ringed seal, known in Inuktitut as ???? nattiq, has returned to his Arctic home after a long journey south. His friends — a polar bear, caribou, raven, walrus and narwhal — gather round to hear about his trip.

“What did you see beyond our land?” shouts the polar bear.

???? nattiq describes the amazing sights he has seen — from crystal clear waters full of giant icebergs to the tundra in full summertime bloom to strange, tall statues, far to the south. The statues swayed in the autumn breeze, howled when winter storms set in and opened their arms to nesting birds in the spring.

“They can never come and visit us,” ???? nattiq explains to his friends, and so he plans to return south every year to tell them stories from the Arctic.

Inspired by her travels, Barbara Landry has written an imaginative story about discovery and friendship. Martha Kyak brings her familiarity with the North to the stunning illustrations. Includes a glossary of Inuktitut words.

Key Text Features

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.

Awards and Praise

[A]n enchanting tale that invites readers to reflect on the power, purpose, and beauty of the lungs of our planet.

  • Commended Mighty Village Spring Book Picks, 2020
  • Winner Toronto Public Library First and Best, 2020
  • Commended CBC Best Canadian Picture Books, 2020
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