Baseball Bats for Christmas

Baseball Bats for Christmas


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Life in the high Arctic is beautifully captured in this classic picture book by award-winning Inuit author Michael Kusugak. The year is 1955 and Arvaarluk and his friends watch as Rocky Parsons lands his plane on the ice in Repulse Bay, a tiny community “smack dab on the Arctic Circle.” Having never seen trees before, the children try to guess what the six green spindly things are that Rocky delivers. One of the boys has a brilliant idea: why not use them as baseball bats? Full of vibrant, richly-colored illustrations, this story gives young readers ages 5 to 8 a glimpse into a time, place, and culture that may be new to them. The Arctic way of life is realistically portrayed by the author, whose narrative voice resonates with the lilt of his native language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554519286
Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 24
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 10.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak is an Inuit storyteller who grew up in Repulse Bay, NWT (now Nunavut). During his childhood, his family traveled by dog sled, living a traditional Inuit lifestyle. He is the author of seven picture books, including Northern Lights: The Soccer Trails, winner of the Ruth Schwartz Award.

Vladyana Krykorka illustrated Robert Munsch and Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak’s A Promise is a Promise (1988) which sparked her love for the Inuit culture. Since then, she has flown to the Arctic many times to meet, paint and photograph the people and their land. Vladyana has illustrated over 20 picture books for children, including all the titles written by Michael Kusugak, an acclaimed Inuit storyteller.

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From the Publisher

The original edition received the following honors:
• Greatest Canadian Books of the Century List, Vancouver Public Library
• 100 Best Books List, Toronto Public Library
• 100 Best Canadian Kids’ Books, Today’s Parent Magazine
• Ruth Schwartz Award finalist

“Kusugak’s first-person narration is warm, energetic, and wonderfully humorous. The story sprawls out anecdotally ... a stand-out season winner.” —Quill & Quire

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