Hide and Sneak – Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak

Allashua lives in the arctic with her family. She and her friends play hide and seek but she is not very good at it. Whenever she plays with her friends her parents send her with the warning, “Don’t go too far away. An Ijiraq might hide you and if a Ijiraq hides you, no one will ever find you again.” Of course the story leads us to that time when Allashua meets an Ijiraq who offers to hide her. This narrative has a wonderful balance of predictable and surprising elements. It’s written with lovely descriptive language and set off with beautiful clear-coloured illustrations by Vladyana Krykorka.

The story would tie in to themes of culture, First Nations, Inuit, the North, summer, games, folk tales, biographical tales, survival, warnings, fairy tales.

Michael Kusugak

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