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Wild Eggs: A Tale of Arctic Egg Collecting

Wright, Jonathan (Illustrator)
Inhabit Media 2015. 36 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9781772270259 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, setting

Award

The Forest of Reading – The Silver Birch Express Award Nominee – 2017

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Akuluk is not excited by the idea of spending the summer with her grandparents in Nunavut. She would far prefer to have visited her cousin Naala in Montréal and explored the big city. But soon after arriving, Akuluk spots some arctic hares by the side of the road and is amazed. Her sense of wonder grows as her visit unfolds, soon learning that Annana and Attata have a lot to teach her about Piusuituqait, the traditional ways. She rides in an ATV to collect wild duck eggs with her grandparents and comes to appreciate the natural world of her ancestry.

With a rich, dense text, readers are immersed in a northern landscape and way of life: “The land was covered with cloudberries – they are called aqpiit in Inuktiut, Ananna told her, pointing to the bright orange ‘raspberries of the North.’” Inuktitut words are used throughout, always giving adequate context as well as further definition and a pronunciation guide at the back.

Digitally rendered images have a painterly quality, with soft edges and sweeping landscapes. There is a lovely sense of motion and gesture, from the tender hugs of her grandparents to the windswept ride across the tundra. Captivating details of the North can be found on every page.

Ultimately, Akuluk comes to appreciate her Inuit heritage as she learns the traditional ways, such as taking only as many eggs as needed, leaving behind enough for the birds to flourish and for future generations. The author and illustrator are both native to the North, bringing authenticity and depth to the storytelling.

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    Locate Montréal, Yellowknife and Nunavut on a map. Discuss how these communities might be similar and different, given their climate and population.

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    Use a graphic organizer to show the difference between Akuluk’s life in Yellowknife and her grandparents’ life in Nunavut. How was your grandparents’ life different from yours?

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    Akuluk’s grandparents teach her about traditions related to clothing, hunting and cooking. Why is this kind of knowledge important?

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    With a partner or group, create and annotate a map showing the trip Akuluk, Anaana and Ataata take to go egg collecting.

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    Locate Montréal, Yellowknife and Nunavut on a map. Discuss how these communities might be similar and different, given their climate and population.

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    Discuss how Akuluk’s life is different or similar when she visits her grandparents. Use a graphic organizer to compare her life in Yellowknife and in Nunavut.

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    Construct a timeline of Akuluk’s visit to her grandparents.

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    Akuluk’s grandparents teach her about their traditions. Why is this knowledge important? Discuss traditions you share with your grandparents.

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  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Geography, History and Citizenship