This is a picture book by an author from Nunavut. It is a story that will teach kids more about our wonderful northern climates and people.
Alego is a beautifully simple story about a young Inuit girl who goes to the shore with her grandmother to collect clams for supper.
Along the way, she discovers tide pools brimming with life — a bright orange starfish, a creepy-crawly thing with many legs called a ugiunnaq, a horn-shaped sea snail and a sculpin. Before the tide comes in, Alego and her grandmothers return home with their catch.
The book is written and illustrated by Ningeokuluk Teevee, one of the most interesting young artists in Kinngait (Cape Dorset) — home to the great tradition of Inuit art — this is an enchanting and utterly authentic introduction to the life of an Inuit child and her world.
Alego is written in Innuktitut and English and includes an illustrated glossary of sea creatures as well as a pictorial map of Baffin Island.
I loved the book from beginning to end. It was very different, and I learned a lot about how the Nunavut’s live.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth