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Jacques Pasquet’s haunting story introduces children to the concept of climate change in an age-appropriate manner BY JULIA GILBERT


My Wounded Island

Jacques Pasquet and Marion Arbona, ill.; Sophie B. Watson, trans. Orca Book Publishers, Ages 5-8

IMARVALUK LIVES on S arichef, a tiny island off the west coast of Alaska. She fears for her home, as a terrible sea creature is slowly eating away at the island. She has nightmares in which the water washes over her home in the middle of the night, plunging everything she holds dear into the sea. Imarvaluk explains that while her people live in modern houses, they keep to many of the old traditions. But with the sea threatening to overwhelm the island, how much longer can they live as their ancestors did? Where will they go when their island disappears?

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