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Children's Fiction Winter Sports

Kamik's First Sled

by (author) Matilda Sulurayok

illustrated by Qin Leng

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Jun 2015
Winter Sports, Polar Regions, Dogs, New Experience
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    Publish Date
    Jun 2015
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    Publish Date
    May 2015
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2015
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


Jake's puppy is growing quickly, but as Jake soon realizes, he isn't becoming any easier to handle. All Jake wants is to raise his puppy to be a strong, fast sled dog, but Kamik is far from ready to pull a sled with a dog team. With some advice and a little help from his grandmother, Jake learns basic principles of how to begin training a dog to pull. Kamik finally has his first sled, and he and Jake can finally begin exploring the tundra together. But Jake and Kamik are still inexperienced, and when a blizzard starts blowing in across the tundra, Jake must rely on his knowledge to get home. Inspired by the life memories of Arviat, Nunavut, elder Matilda Sulurayok, this book lovingly recreates basic dog-rearing practices that even the youngest dog lover can try.

About the authors

Matilda Sulurayok est une ainée qui réside à Arviat au Nunavut. Elle est née et a grandi dans la toundra près de Chesterfield Inlet au Nunavut. Elle fut élevée par ses parents et sa grand-mère, et elle se souvient de la plupart des choses que celle-ci lui a apprises. La famille de Matilda a vécu une vie traditionnelle et a élevé plusieurs chiens de traineau. Kamik et son premier traineau est le premier livre tiré des souvenirs de Matilda sur la méthode traditionnelle de dressage des chiens de traineau. Matilda a travaillé plusieurs années comme soignante au centre pour ainés Andy Aulatjut, avant de prendre sa retraite. Couturière de talent, elle aime bien faire de la couture. Elle adore travailler les peaux de phoque et fabrique de superbes kamiks.

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Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China. At the age of five, she moved with her family to Bordeaux, France, where she spent the next four years. Soon after, she moved to Montreal, where she spent the rest of her childhood. Having been born in Asia but raised in the West, she uses both cultures as her source of inspiration. Looking at her illustrations, one can see the presence of both East and West.Qin Leng comes from a family of artists, where the visual senses have always been of the utmost importance. She grew up watching her father work with acrylics, pastel, and ink. Father and daughter often spent their days drawing side by side. Drawing first started as a hobby, but soon became a way of expression.Despite her many years of study to become a biologist, Qin decided at the age of 20 to follow the same path as her father and enrolled in the School of Cinema to study Film Animation at Concordia University. She has produced animated shorts, which were nominated in various nationa

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Editorial Reviews

“A strength of both these books is the engaging, yet matter-of-fact, manner in which elders pass knowledge down to kids...I highly recommend Kamik's First Sled.”—American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

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