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From the PublisherLight watercolor washes outlined in delicate ink on white paper give the pictures a sense of the icy setting while still conveying the joyful energy of the people as they work together. Bania pays careful attention to the details of place and of the Inupiat people, but the book is never stuffy. She includes several visual jokes as well as nicely defined characters for children to seek out in the pictures, and brings the story to a triumphant and very funny conclusion.
—- Horn Book
While the maxim traditionally says, “It takes a village to raise a child,” in this case it takes a village to catch a fish. Joyful watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations capture the icy although not colorless landscape and most particularly the expressive faces of the Inupiat villagers. Even the animals wear expressions filled with humor and playfulness. This delightful blend of art and text brings the rich traditions and culture of the peoples of the Far North to life. A wonderful supplement to units on Alaska and the Arctic, this title surpasses mere curriculum support and stands alone as gifted storytelling.
—- School Library Journal, Sept 2004