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The Littlest Sled Dog
By (author): Michael Kusugak Illustrated by: Vladyana Krykorka
9781554691746 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs Canada Oct 01, 2010
$10.95 CAD
Active 8.25 x 11 x 0.3 in 32 pages full color images FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
 
Alcuin Design Award 2009, Winner CCBC Best Books 2010, Commended
A little dog dreams big.

Igvillu is a little dog with big dreams. One of her favorite dreams is of becoming a sled dog. When Igvillu is adopted from her kennel by an Inuit storyteller and moves to northern Canada, she comes face-to-face with real sled dogs. Igvillu loves living in the North, chasing siksiks and dreaming about her future. She's a dog who believes anything is possible!

Michael Kusugak is Inuit and was riased in Nunavut. He writes books for children and travels, often telling the stories he heard from his grandmother when he was growing up. Michael's work has won the Ruth Schwartz Award for children's literature and has been short-listed for various other awards. In 2008, Michael was the recipient of the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature for his body of work. Michael lives and works in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.

Vladyana Krykorka has illustrated nine stories written by Michael Kusugak. Their books have received international acclaim and won numerous awards. Vladyana lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

"[It] will appeal to young dog lovers, not only because Igvillu himself is so charming, but because his story evokes the essential conflict of childhood-the need to venture out into the big, cold world to explore, while never straying too far from the warmth and safety of home." - Quill & Quire

"Delightful picture book." - The Globe and Mail

"An endearing story for elementary children... [that] subtly includes Inuit life, both in words and illustrated landscapes, as a way to introduce the reader to Inuit culture." - The Bookmark (BCTLA)

"Vladyana Krykorka's swirling, aurora-bright illustrations blend with a charming story for young children." - The Georgia Straight

"Kusugak writes with sly irony, poking fun at the romantic fantasies of 'The North' that one finds in adventure stories...Igvillu is an endearing pooch and her master has a marked resemblance to Kusugak - something kids might enjoy noticing...Some Inuktitut words and explanations for Arctic features give the story added substance." - The Toronto Star

"This humble children's narrative is a great read and a visual treat for any child or parent." - St. Albert Gazette

"A charming story that meshes the reality of life in the north and the imaginary world of a dreamy little pet. Kusugak writes fluently but manages to retain some of the cadence of a traditional storyteller. Krykorka's stunning illustrations evoke a world of the tundra in both summer and winter. Highly recommended." - CM Magazine

"This story is engaging and richly evocative of the Arctic landscape...a solid Canadian pick for all collections." - Resource Links

"A lovely story...My children loved this book as we own a Cairn and can totally relate to the dog's spunky personality. Recommended." - Tucson Unified School District

"Dog lovers will enjoy this story of dreaming big and just may learn about life in Nunavut, as the story and illustrations contain details that can dispel misconceptions about life in the great Northern reaches of Canada." - School Library Journal

"The story's sly confluence of fantasy and reality, tradition and modernity, is captured in Krykorka's candy-colored pictures that blithely swoop from Igvillu's dreams to the equally spectacular Nunavut landscape." - Horn Book Magazine

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