Tiktala - pb

SKU: 1550051431

Margaret Shaw-Mackinnon
Grade Levels:
One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight
Arctic, Inuit
Book Type:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside Publishing
Copyright Date:

Sale price$9.95


Tiktala is a children's fantasy picture book about a contemporary Inuk girl who wants to be a famous soapstone carver. Her journey of self-discovery takes her on a fantastic transformation into the ocean world of the harp seal. Tiktala attends a village meeting of soapstone artists and offers to learn about the spirit of the animals in the traditional manner. She makes ready for her journey and sets out alone. After spending the night in a snow shelter, she awakens to find another shelter beside her own. A mysterious voice tells Tiktala that she has found the place of the spirit and asks her what she wants to be. Tiktala answers that she wants to be a famous soapstone carver. When the voice asks what animals she wants to carve, Tiktala answers without thinking that she wants to carve the harp seal. Immediately she is taken beneath the ocean to the underwater world of the harp seals. On this journey Tiktala leans many things about the animals and their environment. When Tiktala returns safely to her village, she realizes that her understanding of the seals and their world can help her carve. She presents a tiny soapstone seal to her father. This is an imaginary tale about a young girl whose magical journey of self-awareness brings her wisdom and understanding that allows her creative ability to flourish. The author's anti-sealing perspective is clear, and the book's illustrations capture the fantasy element of the natural world. This book's environmental message is suitable for grade one and higher. Saskatchewan Education suggests this book is also suitable for grade 6 to 8.

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