Charlie And The Blanket Toss by Tricia BrownCharlie And The Blanket Toss by Tricia Brown

Charlie And The Blanket Toss

byTricia BrownIllustratorSarah Martinsen

Paperback | June 15, 2015

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Charlie loves to watch his relatives and friends get thrown high in the air during the traditional Inupiat blanket toss. But secretly, he's afraid to try it himself. At the Whaling Festival, he's ready to step up and overcome his fears. Warm humor and good energy fill the pages in this inspiring story while authentic details of Alaska Native life are shared to anchor the story in place. Glowing illustrations depict Charlie's family and village friends as they prepare for the big celebration while action scenes capture the excitement and spirit of the Festival. Exhilarating moments are expressed in the text with fun to read aloud phrases that little ones will enjoy.
Tricia Brown is an author, editor, and book developer. She travels often and is a popular speaker in schools, libraries, and events in Alaska as well as the Lower 48. Her multimedia presentations, which include lessons on Alaska natural history and culture, regularly receive high praise from educators and parents. She loves to get kids...
Title:Charlie And The Blanket TossFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.68 inPublished:June 15, 2015Publisher:Graphic Arts BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1941821669

ISBN - 13:9781941821664


From the Author

"Everyone in his Inupiaq village says he's old enough this year, but Charlie doesn't know if he's brave enough to fly so high in the air at the Whaling Festival's sealskin blanket toss. The gentle rite-of-passage story incorporates Inupiaq words and customs, and the expressive illustrations with muted colors neatly convey Charlie's world and eventual toss. An author's note adds context. Glos." -Horn Book

Read from the Book

Charlie loved seeing his father so happy. He hopped in place and clapped his hands. He watched his mother fall into the folds of Dad's white hunting parka for a bear hug. Then Charlie threw himself at the fluffy parka to join the hug. Suddenly, he was shouting himself, as his father's strong arms tossed him up, up, up!"Weeeeeee!"

Editorial Reviews

"A young boy overcomes his anxiety about taking a celebratory flip in this brief but immersive look at modern Inupiat village culture. Though Charlie's feelings about the toss-a traditional activity of the Nalukataq, or Summer Whaling Festival-are mixed, he looks forward to much of the rest of the celebration. He loves the drumming, the dancing, the proud sharing out of the bowhead whale that his father and other whalers have harvested, and particularly the uqsrukuaqtaq (doughnuts), mikigaq ("fermented whale meat with blubber and tongue"), akutuq ("ice cream" made with caribou fat) and other delectable foods that have been laid out on tables behind a tall windbreak of plastic sheets. Brown supplies pronunciation guides and definitions either in context or in the appended glossary for the many Inupiaq words in her short narrative. Though very thinly applied colors give the illustrations a diaphanous look, Martinsen provides plenty of culturally specific visual details as well as lots of smiling, round faces. Buoyed by his grandmother's tale of her own grandfather's blanket toss as well as memories of his older brother's, Charlie decides he's ready. A wordless spread with Charlie flying high over the curve of the Earth, a whale spouting in the background and the community holding the blanket tight says it all. Cultural details rather than a strong storyline dominate, but this informative glimpse of Native Americans successfully blending new and old lifeways is valuable nevertheless." -Kirkus Reviews