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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

Simonie and the Dance Contest

Inuktitut

by (author) Gail Matthews

illustrated by Ali Hinch

Publisher
Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Feb 2019
Category
Native Canadian, Christmas & Advent, New Experience, Dance
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781772272246
    Publish Date
    Feb 2019
    List Price
    $10.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781772272116
    Publish Date
    Feb 2019
    List Price
    $12.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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

Description

Simonie loves to dance! When he sees a sign for Taloyoak’s annual Christmas Jigging Dance Contest, he can’t wait to enter. But practising is hard work, and Simonie starts to worry that he won’t do a good job in front of all his friends and neighbours.

Luckily, with a little advice from his anaana and ataata, and some help from his friends Dana and David, Simonie learns how to listen to the music and dance the way it makes him feel. When the time comes for the contest, he’s ready to dance his very best.

Based on the annual Christmas dance contest in the community of Taloyoak, Nunavut, this heartwarming picture book shows how a lot of hard work—and a little inspiration—can go a long way.

About the authors

Gail Matthews lives in Taloyoak, Nunavut, where she teaches English Language Arts at Netsilik School. She has travelled across Canada’s Arctic region and has also worked in Ivujivik, Nunavik. Gail is a teacher educator, researcher, writer, and dancer. She has published research papers on literacy, teacher education, and curriculum. Gail earned her PhD at the University of Toronto and was an Assistant Professor of Literacy at the University of New Brunswick–Saint John. She is a TTP-Diploma graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School and continues to teach children ballet and Israeli folk dance. She dedicates this book to all readers and dancers who share their passion for stories and music with others.

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Ali Hinch has worked as a full-time illustrator in educational children’s literature since getting her degree in illustration from Sheridan College. She’s had the opportunity to work on a variety of unique projects outside of book illustration ranging from designing puppet concepts and assisting on set building to working with musicians and artists to design CDs and promotions. Currently living in Toronto, she spends a lot of time drinking iced coffee and making new dog friends.

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