Tanna's Lemming (English)
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About the Author
Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley was born at the northernmost edge of Baffin Island, in the Canadian Arctic. She grew up learning traditional survival lore from her father. She and her husband Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley were brought together by a love of nature and each other. They write Arctic speculative fiction and nonfiction for various ages.
Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley was born at the southernmost edge of Ontario, learning woodcraft from his father. He and his wife Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley were brought together by a love of nature and each other. They write Arctic speculative fiction and nonfiction for various ages.
Tamara Campeau works digitally to create her painterly storytelling illustrations. Her work has a strong sense of lighting, naturalistic colours, and dynamic composition. She is strongly inspired by wildlife, children, and the environments in which they reside. She uses this inspiration to add a layer of realism to her work. Campeau's illustration journey began at Dawson College, where she earned her associate degree in illustration and design. Shortly after, she furthered her studies at Sheridan College, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in illustration.
"Based on Burt Award-winning, Inuit-Cree author Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley's childhood memories of growing up on Baffin Island, this outstanding picture book shares essential teachings on the importance of responsibility, patience, and respect."--★ Quill & Quire, Starred Review
"Tanna's Owl by Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, illustrated by Yong Ling Kang (Inhabit Media, 5-7) perfectly captures the sense of connection between the Inuit and the Arctic environment they live in."-- The Globe and Mail
"[T]his story gives a well-rounded picture of caring for a wild animal that doesn't diminish the hard or unpleasant aspects of that experience--shown to great effect in Kang's simple yet expressive illustrations. However, it also reinforces the Inuit belief that no one owns an animal. Based on Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley's own childhood experience, this #OwnVoices story accessibly incorporates aspects of the authors' Inuit-Cree (Rachel) and Scottish-Mowhawk (Sean) ancestry and expertise in Arctic traditions."--Booklist
"The heartwarming text is based on Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley's (Inuit-Cree) own childhood experiences...Kang's use of a soft, muted palette pairs well with the text to make the story come alive for readers. Ably demonstrates to young readers the value of doing a difficult but important job."--Kirkus Reviews
"A realistic and entertaining tale of animal rescue and the thrill of seeing an animal return to the wild to live."--School Library Journal
"Tanna is an engaging character. Readers can easily empathize with Tanna when she adopts Fluffi...The Qitsualik-Tinsley team's story is tender and stirring"-Canadian Children's Booknews
"Utterly engaging, this is my new favorite don't-take-critters-into-your-houses lesson in picture book form."--School Library Journal
"The sequence of events is clearly and vividly described. Tanna's emotions, from the delight upon first finding Fluffi to her worry about her lemming being out in the cold on its own, are clearly heartfelt...Tanna's Lemming is another worthwhile book about indigenous life in Canada for school and public library shelves. Recommended"--CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"The images in this book can be enjoyed by children of any age, but the reading level is upper elementary. Highly recommended for children's collections and elementary school libraries."--Polar Libraries Bulletin