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A Walk on the Tundra (English)

by Rebecca Hainnu & Anna Ziegler, illustrated by Qin Leng

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list price: $13.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
published: Oct 2011
ISBN:9781926569437
publisher: Inhabit Media
Description

During the short Arctic summers, the tundra, covered most of the year under snow and ice, becomes filled with colourful flowers, mosses, shrubs, and lichens. These hardy little plants transform the northern landscape, as they take advantage of the warmer weather and long hours of sunlight. Caribou, lemmings, snow buntings, and many other wildlife species depend on tundra plants for food and nutrition, but they are not the only ones...

A Walk on the Tundra follows Inuujaq, a little girl who travels with her grandmother onto the tundra. There, Inuujaq learns that these tough little plants are much more important to Inuit than she originally believed.

In addition to an informative storyline that teaches the importance of Arctic plants, this book includes a field guide with photographs and scientific information about a wide array of plants found throughout the Arctic.

About the Authors
Rebecca Hainnu lives in Clyde River with her daughters. Her work includes Math Activities for Nunavut Classrooms and Classifying Vertebrates. She is also the author of The Spirit of the Sea. Her book A Walk on the Tundra, co-authoured with Anna Ziegler, was a finalist for the 2013 Canadian Children’s Literature Round Table Information Book Award, and was among the 2012 “Best Books for Kids and Teens,” as selected by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.
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Qin Leng was born in Shanghai and lived in France and Montreal. She now lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto. Her father, an artist himself, was a great influence on her. She grew up surrounded by paintings, and it became second nature for her to express herself through art. She graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and artwork. Qin has always loved to illustrate the innocence of children and has developed a passion for children’s books. She has illustrated numerous picture books for publishers in Canada, the United States, and South Korea.
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Anna Ziegler lives in Iqaluit, where she works at Nunavut Arctic College as an instructor and regional program coordinator. She is the co-author, with Rebecca Hainnu, of A Walk on the Tundra, and author of of Tukisigiaruti Qaujisaqtulirinirmut: A Life Sciences Handbook for Nunavut Educators.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 8
Grade:
3 to 5
Reading age:
6 to 8
Editorial Review

“A Walk on the Tundra is a beautiful celebration of both the beauty of the Arctic landscape, and a celebration of Inuit culture and traditions.”

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A Walk on the Tundra

Several years ago, Rebecca Hainnu and Anna Ziegler, along with Aalasi Joamie, co-wrote Walking with Aalasi: An Introduction to Edible and Medicinal Arctic Plants. The book drew readers from around the world. Now, the two authors have incorporated some of that knowledge into a rich and charming look at Arctic plants for young people.

Bored with waiting for her friends to wake up, Inuujaq reluctantly agrees to accompany her grandmother Silaaq who is going out to pick traditional plants from the tundra. The trip requires patience — not always Inuujaq’s strong suit — but through it she learns a few things about her grandmother and much about tasty, nourishing and medicinal plants. From qunngulitt (mountain sorrel), also known as “Arctic candy,” to a’aasaaq (Arctic thrift), which can be used to make tea, the little girl discovers lots of new and wonderful tastes and shares memories and knowledge with her grandmother.

Hainnu and Ziegler do an excellent job of telling a good story from Inuujaq’s viewpoint, following her emotions from restlessness to weariness to surprise and delight. The pacing is just right, alternating between the journey itself and the new experiences at each stop. They skilfully incorporate descriptions of the plants, Silaaq’s knowledge and Inuujaq’s responses as she discovers something new or is suddenly reminded of a cosy memory.

Included at the back are scientific descriptions of the plants, photographs and a glossary of Inuktitut words and phrases included in the book (although most of them are understandable from the story). An Inuktitut edition is also available.

Artist Qin Leng gently and warmly depicts the sweep of the tundra, the domestic scenes of the community and the small but hardy plants that Inuujaq and Silaaq discover on a warm Arctic day in the sunshine. Creating her drawings in pencil on paper and digitally colouring them, she captures the purples, greens and other delicate colours of the summer landscape.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2012. Volume 35 No. 1.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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A Walk on the Tundra

After spending the day with her grandmother, Inuujaq learns how important the tundra’s colourful flowers, mosses, shrubs and lichens are to the Inuit. This informative story, which teaches the many uses for Arctic plants, also includes a field guide with photographs and scientific information about a wide array of plants found throughout the Arctic ecosystem and a glossary of Inuktitut words and phrases.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.

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