Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tikta'liktak

This year for the A to Z Challenge my theme is Children's Books Around the World. Each book either has a specific setting around the world or is about a world culture.

I've spent this year studying geography - countries and cultures - with the girls. One of the things I love about homeschooling is finding new books to read with my small people, especially ones that go along with what we're studying.

T is for Tikta'liktak by James Houston
An Inuit-Eskimo legend, Tikta'liktak is about a young Eskimo hunter who is carried to sea on a drifting ice flow. He expects to never see his family or home again. Managing to reach a rocky, uninhabited island, he resigns himself to die of starvation. He dreams that the sea spirit sends him a seal to kill for food and awakes to find that the sea spirit did come to his aid. Renewed with hope, he begins to find a way to reach the mainland and his home again.

This book was a Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children. 

Other T books around the world:
Picture Books
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks by Katherine Paterson
Today is the Day by Nancy Riecken
The Tortilla Factory by Gary Paulsen
Toto in France by Biddy Strevens
Treasure Nap by Juanita Havill
Tree of Cranes by Allen Say
The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco
Turtle Bay by Saviour Pirotta
Two Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folktale by Ruby Dee

Chapter Books
Three Go Searching by Patricia St. John
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois



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