"The far north has never felt so deliciously warm." —Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will carry this gorgeous book close to their hearts."—School Library Journal
"Just right for bedtime, it's an intimate tale that celebrates simple warmth and comfort."—Publishers Weekly
Nadia Sammurtok lovingly invites the reader into the amautik—the pouch in the back of a mother’s parka used to carry a child—to experience everything through the eyes of the baby nestled inside, from the cloudlike softness of the pouch to the glistening sound of Anaana’s laughter. Sweet and soothing, this book offers a unique perspective that will charm readers of all ages.
In My Anaana's Amautik is a sweet peek into the Inuit baby pouch...Adults and the little ones to whom they are reading can bond within the glow of this cultural gem as it hugs them in an atmosphere of love.
A baby's perspective of being held in its anaana's (mother's) amautik ("the pouch in the back of a woman's parka where a baby can be carried") is explored in lulling, sensory-rich text and illustrations. This gentle story elevates the feelings of comfort and security that the amautik enables. — STARRED review, Horn Book Magazine
A tender paean for the youngest readers and their caregivers.
Just right for bedtime, it’s an intimate tale that celebrates simple warmth and comfort.
Reading 'In My Anaana's Amautik' is equivalent to receiving a warm and cozy hug...The illustrations beautifully compliment the words and further incite a calm and soothing response. This is a peaceful story that is a perfect read for any little one who is preparing for a short or long sleep. ~Danielle Daniel, author of Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox
Each spread appeals to a different sense, creating a deliciously cozy and nurturing microenvironment for this lucky tot. Inuit author and educator Sammurtok brings her work preserving Inuktitut to the text, with a spare sprinkling of vocabulary (defined in a closing glossary). The repetition of “In my anaana’s amautik” at the beginning of each short paragraph is both lulling and reinforcing of the relationship between child and mother. Canadian illustrator Lishchenko’s use of textures and subtle colors blends well with the strong, simple text. Delicate pastels give the Arctic landscape a welcoming beauty, and fanciful depictions of the similes the narrator suggests lend a playful air. The far north has never felt so deliciously warm. — STARRED review, Kirkus
This gentle story is warm, cozy, and loving—just like being in anaana’s amautik. Readers will carry this gorgeous book close to their hearts. — STARRED review, School Library Journal
This beautifully lyrical tale set in Northern Canada is a treasure to curl up with again and again.
In My Anaana’s Amautik is a book to be savoured...it begs to be read cuddled close with the little ones we hold most dear.
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