ᐸᑲᒃ ᑎᒍᐊᖖᒍᐊᕆᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᓄᑖᒥ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᒥ, ᓄᑖᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ, ᓂᕿᖏᑦ ᓄᑖᑦ, ᑎᐱᖓᓗ ᓄᑖᖅ. ᐃᓄᑑᔮᖅᑐᓂ ᓇᓗᓇᖅᑐᒦᑦᑐᓂ, ᐸᑲᒃ ᓴᐃᒻᒪᖅᓴᐅᑎᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᓈᓇᑦᑎᐊᕇᒃ ᓇᒡᓕᖕᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᙱᑦᑐᒥᒃ, ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓪᓗᓂᓗ ᓇᒡᓕᒋᔭᐅᓂᕐᒥᓂᒃ ᐅᖓᓯᒃᑲᓗᐊᕈᓂ ᐃᓚᒥᖕᓄᑦ.
ᑎᑎᕋᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᑐᓂᖅᑯᑎᒋᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ ᓱᕈᓯᕐᓄᑦ ᑎᒍᐊᖖᒍᐊᕆᔭᐅᔪᓐᓄᑦ ᑭᐊᕙᓐ ᐊᒻᒪ ᒥᐊᓕ ᒪᐃᓴᓐ-ᖃᒪᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᖅ ᐅᓇ ᐃᓚᖃᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓕᓴᕐᓇᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐃᓕᓴᕆᔭᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᓱᕈᓯᕐᓄᑦ, ᐸᑲᒃᑎᑐᑦ, ᓇᓗᓇᖅᑐᒃᑰᖅᑐᓄᑦ.
Pakak is in a new foster home, with new people, new food, and new smells. Feeling alone and uncertain, Pakak finds comfort in a secret shared with him by his anaanattiaq, his grandmother, and in the knowledge that he is loved no matter how far away his family may be.
Written as a gift for Inuit children in care by foster parents Kevin and Mary Qamaniq-Mason, this book is lovingly imbued with cultural familiarities that will resonate with children who, like Pakak, are navigating the unknown.
Written by Mary and Kevin Qamaniq-Mason | Illustrated by Hwei Lim
Paperback (English) ISBN: 978-1-77227-281-9 | $10.95 | 8″ x 9″ | 30 pages | Full-colour illustrations | Ages 5–7 | F&P Level L |
Paperback (Inuktitut) ISBN: 978-1-77227-291-8 | $12.95 | 8″ x 9″ | 30 pages | Full-colour illustrations | Ages 5–7 | F&P Level L |
Paperback (French) ISBN: 978-1-77227-304-5 | $12.95 | 8″ x 9″ | 30 pages | Full-colour illustrations | Ages 5–7 | F&P Level L |
“Like a love poem, this story will resonate in the hearts of both children in foster care and the adults who love them.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This is a thoughtful tale about a young boy who longs for home…I Am Loved is an ideal book for promoting meaningful dialogue in early elementary school classrooms as well as providing insights into the Inuit culture and language.”—Seattle Book Review
Shortlisted — First Nation Communities READ Awards, 2021