Meet Grandfather Bowhead and his beloved grand-calf. They adore each other. This is their story...
Authored by Aviaq Johnstson
Illustrated by Tamara Campeau
* Ages: 2-5
* Grade Level: PS+
* Hardcover: 28 pages
* Publisher: Inhabit Media, English ed. edition
* Pub. Date: April 6, 2021
* Language: English
Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You
This sweet tale is a conversation between a grandfather bowhead whale and his adorable grand-calf. The little one is full of questions regarding the elderly bowhead's life and all are patiently, and lovingly, answered. Here are a few examples:
"Grandfather Bowhead tell me a story of all the wonderful things you have seen.
Well, Little Arvaaq. in all my two hundred years I've seen the northern lights running across the vast sky.
but they do not compare to the wonder of your very first breath."
"Grandfather Bowhead, tell me a story of al the giants you have seen.
Little Arvaaq. I've seen icebergs the size of mountains floating across the sea.
but they do not compare to the giant you are in my heart."
The illustrations are beautiful and greatly enrich the storyline. The wee reader is invited into a magical underwater Arctic sea habitat where the bowhead whales reside. The book is tender, loving, and a perfect read-aloud for bedtime. I highly recommend this amazing book read with lots of hugs and snuggles.
Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!
Meet the Author
Aviaq Johnston is the author of the bestselling picture book, What’s My Superpower? For older children, teenagers, and grown-ups, she has written the award-winning novel Those Who Run in the Sky and the sequel, Those Who Dwell Below. She has also written the short stories “Tarnikuluk,” winner of the 2014 Aboriginal Arts and Stories Award, and “The Haunted Blizzard,” featured in Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories. She grew up in Igloolik and now lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut, with her dog, Sunny.
About the Illustrator
Tamara 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 with honours. Tamara works digitally to bring stories to life through her painterly illustrations. Her work has a strong sense of lighting and vibrant colour palettes, along with dynamic compositions. She loves creating endearing characters with a strong sense of personality and emotion. Her work is inspired by wildlife, children, and the environments they reside in. She uses this inspiration to add a layer of realism to her illustrations. When she’s not at her desk, she can be found breaking a sweat at the local gym or exploring nature with her standard poodle, Peanut.
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