When I was Eight
By Christy Jordan-Fenton and
Art By: Gabrielle Grimard
This is a wonderfully crafted and inspiring picture book for kids about a very courageous girl, Olemaun, who knows a lot of things, except she can’t read. So, she sets off on an adventure to go to a school far away from her Arctic home, despite the fact that her father disproves.
The nuns at her new school are anything but nice to her. They take her Inuit name away from her and caller her Margaret. They cut off her beautiful long hair and force her to do chores instead of learn. But she keeps persevering and strong despite the nun’s power to hurt her at all times.
However, despite everything, Margaret still is determined to learn how to read. And she does just that.
This story shows how important it is for all of to learn how to read. A world opens up for us when we can pick up a book and read. But what is more, Olemaun shows tremendous courage and strength, something that all kids could learn from. What a GREAT book!
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth