IMMI'S GIFT by Karin Littlewood


Age Range: 4 - 7
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Immi is alone in her icy, white world. But while fishing one day, the young Inuit finds a trinket at the end of her pole. New treasures begin to arrive—an orange starfish, a green leaf, a purple feather. Soon her colorfully decorated igloo attracts visitors, and her life is filled with conviviality and cheer. When the snow melts, Immi must move on, but first she drops her own cherished charm into the sea for another to find. As in David Wiesner's Caldecott-winning Flotsam, the ocean presents gifts, both physical and memorable, that are then passed on across continents and cultures. Littlewood conveys her affecting story with illustrations done in watercolor, gouache and pencil. Through her compositions, she is able to communicate the scale of the environment, the expansiveness of the snow and the isolation—and later joy—Immi feels. The illustrator’s skillful painting and the softness of her expressive pencil work beautifully impart this gentle tale about the power of receiving—and of giving in return. (Picture book. 4-7)
Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-56145-545-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Peachtree
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2010


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