Monday, December 11, 2017

"What's My Superpower?" - a bookwrap

  Come on everyone get your superpower on.  You don't have one?  Noooooo way.... everyone has a superpower hidden deep inside of them.  You just have to discover it and turn it on.  

Enjoy today's delightful book narrated by a spunky little Inuit girl named Nalvana.  I know you will.  Hey maybe that's your superpower... reading and enjoying great kid's books!  Mine is sharing those wonderful books with my friends here on Storywraps!  I can make my reviews fly all over the world!  Now that's powerful!  (with a little help from my computer side-kick of course!)  ðŸ’œ


Authored by Aviaq Johnston
Illustrated by Tim Mack

Ages:  3-5
Grade Levels:  PS-K

Great Illustrations to peek at

About the book

Nelvana is a sweet, feisty young girl who lives in a small village in the Arctic with her mother.  Every day she dons her cape and some rustic snowmobiling goggles and transforms into a super hero.  But wait... superheroes have magical powers don't they?  Nelvana can't pinpoint what power she possesses. What's hers she ponders? 

She envies her friends Davidee who "can run faster than a Ski-Doo, Maata who swings so high she can almost fly up to the the sky and Adamie who can hold his breath underwater longer than anyone else, just to name a few.   Poor Nelvana she longs to have a superpower all her own. Does she even possess one she wonders?  She becomes frustrated and despondent trying to search for the magic inside of her ... what is her special power?  

Finally, in tears, she crawls up on her loving Mother's lap who tells her daughter she thinks she knows exactly what Nelvana needs to hear.  "Your superpower is making people feel good about themelves." It is her unique and special power that was right before her all along.  Contented at long last Nalvana smiles and responds, "I think that's a good superpower to have. "  

The illustrations are simply wonderful.  They are full of action, emotion and very kid-friendly.  The author has included a small Inuktitut Glossary at the back for the readers consisting of four words.  I love that the hero is a girl touting imagination, spunk and  especially kindness to all her friends.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would heartily recommend it. 

Storywraps Rating  -  5+++ HUGS!!!!!

About the author

Aviaq Johnston is a young Inuk author from Igloolik, Nunavut.  Her debut novel "Those Who Run the Sky" was released in the spring of 2017 and was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award.  In 2014, she won first place in th Aboriginal Arts and Stories competition for her short story "Tarnikuluk," which also earned her a Governor General's History Award.  Aviaq is a graduate of Nunavut Sivuniksavut, and she has a diploma in Social Service Work from Canadore College. Aviaq loves to travel and has lived in Australia and Vietnam.  She spends most of her time reading, writing, studying, and procrastinating.  She goes back and forth between Iqualuit, Nunavut, and Ottawa Ontario.  

Introducing the illustrator

Tim Mack cannot fly, run super fast, or swim like a fish, so instead he draws those things.  Tim is a Canadian-born illustrator living in Vancouver, British Columbia. He enjoys playing with colours and shapes and never misses an opportunity to swim in the ocean, though he still wishes he could swim well as a fish.

Inhabit Media Inc. is an Inuit-owned publishing company that aims to promote and preserve the stories, knowledge, and talent of northern Canada.  Our mandate is to promote research in Inuit mythology and the traditional Inuit knowledge of Nunavummiut (residents of Nunavut). Our authors, storytellers, and artists bring this knowledge to life in a way that is accessible to readers in both northern and southern Canada.  As the first independent publishing company in Nunavut, we hope to bring Arctic stories and wisdom to the world. 

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