From School Library Journal
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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About the Author
Teri Sloat is the author of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Trout!," as well as the author and/or illustrator of many other books for children. A former teacher, she lives with her husband and their three children north of San Francisco.