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Children's Fiction Polar Regions

Kits, Cubs, and Calves

An Arctic Summer

by (author) Suzie Napayok-Short

illustrated by Tamara Campeau

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
Polar Regions, General, Multigenerational, Baby Animals
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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


Akuluk is visiting her family in Nunavut and can’t wait to get out on her uncle’s boat for a ride into the powerful Arctic Ocean. Surrounded by her family, and with her trusty toy polar bear beside her, Akuluk experiences the beautiful sights, sounds, and animals that abound in the ocean and along the shore during the short Arctic summer—from a mother polar bear and her cubs to a family of belugas and tiny Arctic fox kits. As they encounter each animal, Akuluk’s aunt and uncles share with her how each species cares for its young, and how they protect their babies from the other animals who share their ecosystem.

This beautiful story of family connection and respect for the natural world teaches young readers how close humans are to our animal counterparts and that caring for the environment in which we live is one of our most important responsibilities

About the authors

Suzie Napayok-Short was born in Frobisher Bay and grew up in Apex and the DEW Line sites on Baffin Island. She attended residential school before moving to Coral Harbour, Nunavut, and later to Iqaluit, Nunavut. Suzie built a career as an Inuktitut translator and interpreter working for government departments and organizations across Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, and throughout Canada. Suzie currently lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, with her husband, their two children, and one grandchild. She continues her work as a freelance translator and interpreter for businesses across the North. She also works with residential school survivors as an interpreter and guide, helping survivors through the legal process. Wild Eggs is Suzie’s first book for children. It was inspired by egg-hunting trips she shared with her father.

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Tamara Campeau’s illustration journey began at Dawson College, where she earned her associate degree in illustration and design. Shortly after, she furthered her studies at Sheridan College, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in illustration with honours. Tamara works digitally to bring stories to life through her painterly illustrations. Her work has a strong sense of lighting and vibrant colour palettes, along with dynamic compositions. She loves creating endearing characters with a strong sense of personality and emotion. Her work is inspired by wildlife, children, and the environments they reside in. She uses this inspiration to add a layer of realism to her illustrations. When she’s not at her desk, she can be found breaking a sweat at the local gym or exploring nature with her standard poodle, Peanut.

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Editorial Reviews

Kits, Cubs, and Calves: An Arctic Summer delivers plenty of entertaining content and a worthy message that speaks to the role of family and the importance of our link to nature. Young readers who will readily identify with Akuluk will understand the value of respecting the environment and enjoying all it has to show us.

Highly Recommended

"Kits, Cubs, and Calves: An Arctic Summer goes beyond summer and gives a picture of life in the arctic for its people, its animals and the land, and it's a great place to visit through Suzie Napayok-Short and Tamara Campeau's work." — CanLit for Little Canadians

An information-rich tale of reciprocity between Arctic families and the natural world.

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