- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (Aug. 29 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1459815653
- ISBN-13: 978-1459815650
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #214,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
My Wounded Island Hardcover – Aug 29 2017
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"Pasquet's moving story does introduce the concept of climate change, and its imminent catastrophic impact on many indigenous communities, to young readers. Arbona's illustrations are by turns lyrical and frightening, truly indicative of the themes of the book. A moving...look at a very real threat." (Kirkus Reviews 2017-05-15)
"The care and tenderness with which Imarvaluk describes her home throws the consequences of climate change into stark relief…[an] environmental conversation starter." (Publishers Weekly 2017-06-13)
"My Wounded Island succeeds because it depicts climate change as a character in its own right—the evil sea monster that is slowly eating away at Sarichef…Arbona's haunting mixed-media illustrations mesh perfectly with the tone of Pasquet's story…It's refreshing that Pasquet does not downplay the situation on Sarichef…This story is raw, melancholic, and completely unforgettable. It is a must for helping children understand the realities of climate change using imagery they can understand." (Quill & Quire, starred review 2017-06-29)
"The mixed-media, full-bleed illustrations use a mostly bright palette, which provides some relief from the serious tone of the tale. Scenes of the encroaching water are particularly powerful…This introductory tool fills a gap. Recommended where there is interest or a curricular need." (School Library Journal 2017-06-27)
"The topics of the book, climate change and climate refugees, are very timely and significant. My Wounded Island helps put a face on how climate change is impacting people and not just the environment…The narrative is dense and lyrical, and the illustrations are thoroughly engaging." (CM Magazine 2017-09-11)
"Jacques Pasquet has created a character with whom young readers can identify. In doing so, he successfully cultivates empathy not only for Imarvaluk, but for her people, the Iñupiat, and the terrible predicament in which they find themselves. Marion Arbona's illustrations are both beautiful and haunting…This picture book represents a slice of reality that evades our expectation of a happy ending. But as a story, it is important and timely…it will immediately provoke questions and discussion among young readers—which is satisfying in itself. This book would make an engaging introduction to the subject of climate change and the real consequences it has for communities around the globe. " (Canadian Children's Book News 2017-10-20)
"The art work, of gouache, ink, pencil and toothbrush, is exquisite in its depiction of contrasts of the daily lives of the Inupiat people…It is a thought-provoking depiction of causes and effects of climate change on a physical environment and the people inhabiting that environment…My Wounded Island could also be incorporated into a study unit on northern indigenous cultures. " (Resource Links 2017-10-23)
"It's not an uplifting book—nor should it be. There is the issue of where the people of the island will relocate to and who will pay for it…The story also raises another important question—if we humans have set many places on track for destruction, how will we, at the very least, remember them and their inhabitants?" (Montreal Review of Books 2017-10-29)
"This is a beautiful but sad book told by Imarvaluk who lives on a small island that lies near the Arctic Circle between Alaska and Russia…Illustrations done using gouache, ink, pencil and a toothbrush and done in an Inupiat style create the tragedy simply but effectively." (Youth Services Book Review 2017-12-29)
"Sure to evoke serious conversation…Ms. Arbona's mixed media illustrations match the tone perfectly." (Sal's Fiction Addiction 2018-04-23)
On the map our island is a speck, a miniscule dot of nothing at all. But it is ours. And when it disappears, where will we go?
Will our people disappear when our island does?
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A little girl lives on the Island of Sarichef near the Arctic Circle. Her village, Shishmaref, is home of the Inupiat people, her people who have lived there for generations but who will inevitably have to abandon the place of their ancestors because of the invisible monster lurking in the sea waters around the island. They will be forced to move, become climate change refugees, but what will become of their traditions and their ways if they are forced away from their home?
A beautifully illustrated and haunting examination of the impact of climate change, especially in the Arctic. Sarichef is a real island in the Bering Strait near the Arctic Circle. The melting of the pack ice has caused soil erosion, flooding, and the loss of protection against storms. It's sinking into the sea. In 2016 the community voted to move to the mainland but the costs associated with the move and the long term viability of the proposed new site are all in question. This story forces us to examine how we are living and the things we can change in order to slow climate change, including acknowledging that it exists and is a real threat. This storybook is the perfect jumping off book to lead to discussions of environmental stewardship.
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Told with analogies that will help children understand the impact of climate change, this picture book makes a large concept much more concrete and real. The illustrations with the monster of climate change bring to life the feeling of powerlessness and how small humans are on the planet. This book can be used for units on climate change or the Arctic and Native Peoples. Appropriate for ages 6-8.
It is interesting that a children's book takes such a heavy subject on... well, subject--climate change and cultural loss. I appreciate that someone has--they are hard subjects as adults to fully understand and a story told from the perspective of a peer is a really great.
I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.