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- DescriptionSimon enjoys school, TV, pizza, and video games. So when his grandmother tells legends of the sea goddess, Sedna, and his grandfather invites him to build an igloo, Simon's heart sinks. Sorry Ananaksaq, my show is on. Sorry, Ataatga, maybe ather time, he responds. Secretly he thinks his grandparents are stuck in their old ways. Secretly his grandparents hide their disappointment and wait for ather time. Soon eugh, that other times comes. When he and his grandparents prepare to visit relatives in Igloolik, Simon thinks it is ridiculous to heap oil lamps, extra fuel, tools, food, swshoes, and caribou skins onto their sled. But when a blizzard closes in, and the swmobile breaks down, Simon begins to understand the value of traditional ways. As the storm rages, they manage to stay snug and fed thanks to the igloo Ataatga builds and the supplies Ananaksaq has provided. When the weather clears, Ataatga swshoes off in search of help, and that is when Simon learns the true value of Ananaksaq's stories. Afraid, and with thing to distract him from their situation, Simon listens to tales of flying polar bears and crows bringing light to the North. When his grandmother's voice falters, Simon even discovers he is a good storyteller too. Finally, the hum of engines signals rescue. The family is reunited and makes it safely to Igloolik. But that night, Simon has a special request. Ataatga, I would like to learn more about the old ways. Tomorrow will you show me how to build an igloo? Carefully researched and beautifully illustrated, The Old Ways brings the sparkle of sun on fresh sw to the traditional wisdom of the elders.
- Author BiographySusan Chapman, a former primary teacher and teacher-librarian with a great interest in storytelling. She has taught in the Toronto and Markham, Ontario area, and in East Africa. Her first picture book, a story adapted from an old folktale, was Too Much Noise in the Library. John Mantha is a Toronto-based artist and illustrator. Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, he graduated with honours from the Ontario College of Art. John is the illustrator of twenty-six books including The Kids Book of Canada's Railway and The Kids Book of Canadian Exploration.
- Author(s)Susan Chapman
- PublisherFifth House Publishers
- Date of Publication10/11/2014
- SubjectChildren's Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFifth House Publishers
- Content Notecolour illustrations
- Weight376 g
- Width191 mm
- Height284 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Illustrator(s)John Mantha
- Format DetailsPicture book,Sewn,Cloth over boards
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