Kitaq Goes Ice Fishing

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When Apa comes to visit early one morning, five-year old Kitaq is eager to convince his grandfather that he is finally old enough to make the journey with him to the ice-fishing holes and back home again. After a breakfast of hot pancakes, Kitaq hears the magic words he has hoped for: "You may go fishing with me today."

Readers young and old alike will enjoy the heartwarming drama of Kitaq's early coming-of-age experience with his grandfather, ...

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Overview

When Apa comes to visit early one morning, five-year old Kitaq is eager to convince his grandfather that he is finally old enough to make the journey with him to the ice-fishing holes and back home again. After a breakfast of hot pancakes, Kitaq hears the magic words he has hoped for: "You may go fishing with me today."

Readers young and old alike will enjoy the heartwarming drama of Kitaq's early coming-of-age experience with his grandfather, and his first taste of success in providing food for his family.

Kitaq is not yet six years old when his grandfather takes him ice fishing for the first time, carrying on a long-lived tradition among the Yupik people.

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A descriptive narrative of a young Yup'ik boy's initiation riteā€”ice fishing with his grandfather for the first time. Kitaq's excitement swells with the pancakes in his stomach as he proudly dresses himself in layers to go ice fishing. "Apa, I am big now," he tells his grandfather, and assures him he can, at five, walk a long way in the cold without crying. With a string on a pole dangling in the ice hole and salmon eggs for bait, Kitaq almost instantaneously catches a pike large enough to feed a whole family. The formal patterns of speech give the story a polite, respectful tone, although the instructional voice of the narrator reigns in the suspense of snagging a fish and distances readers from the excitement of Kitaq's adventure. Overcoming that small weakness is the afterword about Yup'ik lifenit's informative and unexpectedly compelling. Startling reds of clothing and sunsets add warmth to the thick blue wintry scenes of the oil paintings. The look of the short day in the long polar winter comes through, as well as the affection among Kitaq's family members.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780882405698
  • Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.05 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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Nicholai, of Yupik heritage.

Rubin is an Alaskan artist.

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