Fatty Legs: A True Story

Fatty Legs: A True Story

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ISBN-13: 9781554515882
Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Christy Jordan-Fenton lives in Fort St. John, British Columbia. Margaret Pokiak-Fenton is her mother-in-law.
Margaret Pokiak-Fenton spent her early years on Banks Island in the Arctic Ocean. She now lives in Fort St. John, British Columbia.

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Bobbi01 More than 1 year ago
Eight-year-old Margaret Pokiak , whose name is Olemaun in the language of her people, the Inuvialuit, wants to learn to read. But her father has seen the true nature of the outsider and puts little value in such learning. But Margaret is determined to learn, and begs her father to let her go to the Anglican school. Her father tries to warn her, showing her a pebble that has been changed, and all but worn away, by the slapping of the ocean. "But Father, the water did not change the stone inside the rock. Besides, I am not a rock. I am a girl. I can move. I am not stuck upon the shore for an eternity," says Margaret. Her father relents, and so begins Margaret¿s adventure. But what she discovers is far from the fantasy she had imagined. She meets the malicious Raven, the pale-faced, beak-nose nun who becomes her tormentor. Like the ocean slapping the rock, the Raven assigns tedious chores to Margaret in an attempt to wear her down. She requires Margaret to wear thick, red socks, in contrast to the slender grey socks that the other girls wear, an act that earns Margaret the humiliating nickname, Fatty Legs. Beautifully written and illustrated with archival photographs from Margaret Pokiak-Fenton¿s personal collection, and artwork by the amazing Liz Amini-Holmes, this book becomes a mesmerizing, and moving account as Margaret faces the humiliations faced by many of the First People as they are ¿plucked¿ from their families and taken to the residential schools. As educator Keith Schock discusses on his website, Teach With Picture Books, this book becomes an excellent tool to teach about the process in which a dominate culture ¿...attempt[s] to indoctrinate children in the ways of the White men, they ignored Native wisdoms and skills which were key to survival in their environment.¿ Margaret, however, stays true to her promise made to her father. Try as she might, the Raven cannot wear Margaret down. In fact, says Margaret: ¿The Raven thought that she was there to teach me a few things, but in the end, I think it was she who learned a lesson. Be careful what birds you choose to pluck from their nests. A wren can be just as clever as a raven.¿ A truly remarkable story of a truly remarkable heroine.