Margaret Nicolai Kitaq Goes Ice Fishing

ISBN 13: 9780882405698

Kitaq Goes Ice Fishing

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9780882405698: Kitaq Goes Ice Fishing

When Apa comes to visit early one morning, five-year old Kitaq is eager to convince his grandfather that he is finally old enough to make the journey with him to the ice-fishing holes and back home again. After a breakfast of hot pancakes, Kitaq hears the magic words he has hoped for: ""You may go fishing with me today.""

Readers young and old alike will enjoy the heartwarming drama of Kitaq's early coming-of-age experience with his grandfather, and his first taste of success in providing food for his family.

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Nicholai, of Yupik heritage.

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PreSchool-Grade 2-This simple family story is set in Kwethluk, a Yup'ik village in western Alaska. Five-year-old Kitaq awakens one morning determined that this will be the day of his first ice-fishing expedition. He soon convinces his visiting grandfather that he is old enough to make the journey to the fishing spot and back again. The excursion yields three healthy pike and the promise of a family celebration, but the long walk back home challenges the child's endurance. By ending the story before the celebration, Nicolai keeps the focus on the relationship between the boy and his grandfather. The lengthy text creates an authentic atmosphere and Kitaq's excitement is palpable in both the words and pictures. Rubin's oil paintings effectively depict key moments of the story. Dark, rich colors glow with the kerosene light of the family's snug home and the midday twilight of an Alaskan winter sky. A page-long note about Kwethluk explains village life and a glossary with a pronunciation guide defines the handful of Yup'ik terms used in the text. A warm picture book with a strong sense of place that will appeal to readers everywhere.
Sue Sherif, Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, AK
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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