When Pumpkins Fly

ᓂᓪᓕᒪᔪᖅ, ᐅᓐᓄᐊᖅ, ᐊᓐᓄᕌᕐᓗᓯᒪᓐᓇᕆᐊᕕᑉᐳᖅ. ᑕᐃᒪ ᓈᒻᒪᓯᓕᕆᕗᖅ ᐸᐅᕐᖕᒑᓗᐃᑦ ᑎᒻᒥᕕᑦᓴᖕᒐ

ᖃᓂᑕᖃᖖᒋᑐᖅ ᑎᒻᒥᔫᒃᑯᑦ ᑭᓯᒥ ᑎᑭᑕᐅᒍᓐᓇᑐᖅ ᓴᓂᑭᓗᐊᑉ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒐ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ. ᑭᖕᒍᓪᓕᐹᖅ ᓂᕿᑦᑕᑎᒃ ᐆᖅᑑᐱᕆᒥ ᑎᑭᐅᔾᔨᕗᖅ ᐊᔪᒐᐃᑦᑐᓂᒃ ᐊᐅᐸᓚᐃᖕᒐᔪᓂᒃ ᑕᑯᒐᑦᓴᖕᒋᓐᓂᒃ ᑲᒃᑲᓛᑦ. ᑕᑯᒋᐊᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐸᐅᕐᖕᒑᓗᐊᓗᒻᒥᑦ, ᑲᒃᑲᓛᑦ ᐊᓕᐊᒋᔭᖃᑦᓯᐊᓱᑎᒃ ᓴᓇᕗᑦ ᐃᑭᑦᓯᓗᑎᓪᓗ ᐃᑯᒪᔮᓗᖖᒍᐊᒥᒃ.

ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᓴᓂᑭᓗᐊᑉ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒐ ᐊᓇᕐᕋᐅᕗᑦ ᐊᒥᓱᓄᑦ ᑕᕐᓂᓄᑦ ᐊᓕᐊᒋᔭᓕᓐᓄᑦ ᐅᐃᕖᕐᕆᓯᒋᐊᖅ. ᐱᓗᐊᖅᑐᒥᑦ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᓪᓗᐊᑎᓪᓗᒍ. ᓄᓇᐅᑉ ᑕᕐᓂᖕᒐ ᓱᓇᖃᕋᔭᕐᒪᑦ ᐸᐅᕐᖕᒑᓗᐊᓗᒻᒥᒃ?

ᑖᓐᓇ ᐊᑐᐊᒑᐱᒃ ᑕᑯᑎᑦᓯᕗᖅ ᒥᑭᔪᓂᑦ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐊᓐᓄᕌᕐᓗᓯᒪᓐᓇᖅ ᐊᑑᑎᔭᐅᓲᖑᒻᒪᖕᒑᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᑑᑉ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒐᓂ. ᐃᓚᒋᓕᐅᔾᔨᓱᓂ ᐅᓪᓗᒥᐅᓕᖅᑐᖅ ᓇᓪᓕᐅᓂᐅᓲᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᑐᐊᕈᓯᖕᒋᑦ.

The air is cold, the nights are long, and Halloween is just around the corner. This is the time of year when pumpkins fly!

In the remote, fly-in community of Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, the last cargo flight of October brings some strange orange guests for the children. Seeing a pumpkin for the first time, the local kids eagerly carve and light their first jack-o-lantern.

But when everyone adjourns to the community hall for the Halloween dance, the pumpkin is left alone outside. The land around Sanikiluaq is home to many spirits who love to cause mischief, especially this time of year. But what would land spirits do with a pumpkin?

This adorable book gives young readers a window into how Halloween is celebrated in an Arctic Inuit community, incorporating contemporary celebrations and Inuit folklore.

Written by Margaret Lawrence | Illustrated by Margaret Lawrence and Amiel Sandland

Hardcover (English) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-249-9 | $16.95 | 9.5″ x 8.5″ | 28 pages | Full-colour illustrations | Ages 5–7 | F&P Level K |

Paperback (Inuktitut) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-264-2 | $12.95 | 9″ x 8″ | 28 pages | Full-colour illustrations | Ages 5–7 | F&P Level K |


When Pumpkins Fly gives libraries and classrooms something new and unusual for the primary Halloween bookshelf.” — CM Magazine

“Far from your everyday Halloween tale.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Brightly colored cartoony illustrations capture a snow-covered setting and close-knit community.” — The Horn Book Magazine

When Pumpkins Fly should be given its place on the shelf of books about celebrations.” — Booklist


Winner — Northern Lights Book Award, 2021, Holiday/Notable Days Category