The Pencil (English)

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Inhabit Media
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9.1 X 7.6 X 0.4 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Susan Avingaq was born on the land and moved to the community of Igloolik, Nunavut, in the mid-1970s. She loves to go camping and fishing whenever she can and often brings new people along to teach them these land skills. She enjoys sewing and teaching younger people important cultural practices. She is an extremely resourceful person and thinks that this is an important quality to pass on to the younger generation. She has many grandchildren, whom she likes to share her stories with.
Maren Vsetula is a teacher and educational writer. She loves to spend as much time on the land as she can, hiking, fishing, paddling, and dogsledding. She has lived and worked in Nunavut for over a decade.
Charlene Chua worked as a web designer, senior graphic designer, web producer, and interactive project manager before she decided to pursue illustration as a career. Her work has appeared in American Illustration, Spectrum, and SILA's Illustration West, as well as several art books. She illustrated the children's picture books Julie Black Belt: The Kung Fu Chronicles and Julie Black Belt: The Belt of Fire. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her husband and two cats.


"[A] wonderful and touching story about resilience and thrift and community. The illustrations are appropriately done in pencil, and they are playful and open and beautiful."--The New York Times Book Review

" [A] rich and moving story about how small things can make a tremendous difference in children's lives...Avingaq's childhood is beautifully evoked in this charming story about the need to take care of our belongings."--The Globe and Mail

"Authors Avingaq and Vsetula understand life in Nunavut, Canada, and embed in the story the importance of being responsible for belongings and caring for them wisely...A breath of warmth from the far north."--Kirkus Reviews

"A family-focused story with a light moral that lovingly illuminates a lifestyle rarely seen in children's books."--School Library Journal

The Pencil is an incredible look into a life not many people get to see or experience...a must-read for kids and adults alike. Highly Recommended."--CM Magazine

"The Pencil goes beyond a lesson in frugality and becomes a story of family, of play and of culture, which many children will appreciate."--CanLit for Little Canadians