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Berry Magic Hardcover – April 1, 2004

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Kindergarten-Grade 3–This charming pourquoi tale tells of an Eskimo girl and her magic. Listening to the older women complain as they pick the hard, dry crowberries, Anana thinks up a plan to give them pleasure. She sews four dolls, each with a different color pelatuuk, or head scarf. After carrying them to the hills, she sings a special song and dances, transforming each doll into a berry girl who speckles the fields with cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, and salmonberries. Done in a palette of deep, earthy hues, ethereal blues, and bright highlights, Sloat's pictures are vibrant and engaging, befitting the land of the northern lights. The rich language enlightens readers to different elements of the Eskimo culture such as reindeer-skin bags, muskrat parkas, and the "ice cream" called akutaq. Delightful, playful, and beautifully written.–Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL
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“This charming pourquoi tale tells of an Eskimo girl and her magic. Listening to the older women complain as they pick the hard, dry crowberries, Anana thinks up a plan to give them pleasure. She sews four dolls, each with a different color pelatuuk, or head scarf. After carrying them to the hills, she sings a special song and dances, transforming each doll into a berry girl who speckles the fields with cranberries, blueberries, raspberries and salmonberries. Done in a palette of deep, earthy hues, ethereal blues, and bright highlights, Sloat’s pictures are vibrant and engaging, befitting the land of the northern lights. The rich language enlightens readers to different elements of the Eskimo culture such as reindeer-skin bags, muskrat parkas, and the “ice cream” called akutaq. Delightful, playful and beautifully written.”―SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

“Sloat collaborates with Huffmon, a Yup'ik storyteller, to infuse a traditional ‘origins’ tale with the joy of creating. Hearing the old women of her village grumble that they have only tasteless crowberries for the fall feast’s akutaq―described as ‘Eskimo ice cream,’ though the recipe at the end includes mixing in shredded fish and lard―young Anana carefully fashions three dolls, then signs and dances them to life. Away the bound, to cover the hills with cranberries, blueberries, and salmonberries. Sloat dresses her smiling figures in mixes of furs and brightly patterned garb, and sends them tumbling exuberantly through grassy tundra scenes as wildlife large and small gathers to look on. . . . Young readers will be captivated by the action, and by Anana’s infectious delight.”―KIRKUS REVIEWS --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882405756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882405759
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,767,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on May 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Berry Magic by Teri Sloat and Betty Huffmon is about a woman, named Anaana, who made berries appear on the tundra by making little different homemade dolls. When Anaana sang the song, the dolls will come to life. Wherever they go on the tundra, berries will appear.

My favorite part was when Anaana sang, because it's in Yup'ik! I am a Yup'ik person too! The song is interesting. The song made the dolls turn into little people, and come out of the bag.

I liked this book because Anaana never complain about the crowberries. It's an interesting book, little people turning into little people, awesome.

You should read this book because you might want different kinds of berries. You will learn a little bit of Yup'ik words, only if you read this book. Enjoy the book!
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I purchased this in hopes to bring some of the native Yup'ik culture to my children, as they are 1/4 so. It is very cute, be sure to whisper and shout while reading aloud! I especially loved the native language added in, giving me and the children some extra words in the Yup'ik language, as we are not native speakers. After the story is done there is a recipe for akutaq, if only I could make it more authentic with oil or suet produced from the hunted animals, and berries from the tundra, this recipe is give my children an idea of what it might taste like if they were to visit their Appa.
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This book is now a tradition in my little classroom. What an inspiring tale! The story and the illustrations are top notch. No frills but a rich experience. perfect!
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