To My Panik: To My Daughter

ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅᑕᐅᑦᑎᐊᖅᓯᒻᒪᔪᐊᓗᖕᒥᒃ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᕐᒥ, ᐊᓈᓇᐅᔪᖅ ᐅᓂᒃᑲᐅᔾᔨᔪᖅ ᐸᓂᖕᒥᓂᒃ ᐱᐅᓂᓕᒫᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐸᓂᖓᑕ ᐊᔾᔨᓯᓪᓗᓂᐅᓪᓗ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑑᑉ ᖃᓄᐃᑦᑑᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᓪᓗ ᐃᓅᓯᖏᓐᓄᑦ.

ᐸᓂᖓᑕ ᐃᔨᖏᒃ ᕿᓪᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᒃ ᖁᓪᓕᐅᑉ ᖃᐅᒪᓂᑯᓗᐊᑎᑐᑦ, ᑲᑉᐱᐊᑦᑕᐃᓐᓂᖓᓗ ᑕᖅᓴᐅᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᓂ ᐊᐅᐱᓚᒃᑐᖖᒍᐊᒃᓴᑎᑐᑦ ᐊᐳᑎᒃᑯᑦ ᓄᐃᓇᓱᒃᑐᒃᑯᑦ, ᐊᓈᓇᖓ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᐊᓘᕗᖅ ᓇᒡᓕᖕᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᓂᕈᒥᒃᓯᑎᑦᑎᓂᐊᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᑎᓕᒫᑦᐆᒻᒪᑎᖏᓐᓂᒃ.

“Panik, do you know how much I love you? When I look at the horizon, past the vast tundra, I see no end. That is how much I love you.”

In this lovingly told book, a mother recounts for her daughter all the things she loves about her, connecting each attribute to an element of the Arctic landscape or Inuit traditional life. As her daughter’s eyes glisten like the fire of a seal oil lamp, and her courage shines bright like buds of purple saxifrage fighting through a thick blanket of snow, the mother weaves a beautiful narrative of connection and love that will warm the hearts of all readers.

Written by Nadia Sammurtok | Illustrated by Pelin Turgut

Hardcover (English) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-448-6 | $18.95 | 8.5″ x 9.5″ | 24 pages | Full-colour illustrations throughout | Ages 3-5 | F&P Level M |

Paperback (Inuktitut) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-458-5 | $14.95 | 8.5″ x 9.5″ | 24 pages | Full-colour illustrations throughout | Ages 3-5 | F&P Level M |


“In the vein of Guess How Much I Love You, Inuit author Sammurtok writes an emotional question-and-answer story that centers an Inuit mother-daughter relationship…It’s a soothingly paced read whose metaphors offer ample promise of love across an unending horizon.” — Publishers Weekly

“The bond between a mother and her daughter is explored in ways both familiar and novel in this stunning watercolor picture book highlighting Inuit culture”—Foreword Reviews

“Young children will enjoy listening to To My Panik: To My Daughter. The universal theme of a mother’s love for her daughter is a comfortable one for little ones…Highly Recommended“—CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“To My Panik is highly recommended as a bedtime book for small children, that would also be a good addition to public and school libraries.”—Polar Libraries Bulletin


Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2023 — The Canadian Children’s Book Centre