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

"Charlie, a young Inupiaq boy, is joining the villagers for one of the most important celebrations of the year. After a whale hunt is successful, the entire community celebrates with a traditional feast, games, dances, and, most important, the blanket toss. While Charlie is very proud that his father was the captain of the whaling crew, he is nervous about the blanket toss, as it will be his first time being tossed so high above the ground--and in front of his entire town. Young readers will empathize with Charlie's fears in this sweet story. Illustrations show the Alaskan setting in a style that radiates joy and warmth. The text is a bit wordy for young children reading alone, and the pale images may not translate as well to a large group setting, but the content is a perfect way to introduce children to an this Native culture. Inupiaq words are scattered throughout the book (with pronunciations), and a glossary and a helpful note on Inupiat whaling tradition, including conservation efforts, appear at the end."--Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission. K-Gr 3