Fatty Legs: A True Story by Christy Jordan-fentonFatty Legs: A True Story by Christy Jordan-fenton

Fatty Legs: A True Story

byChristy Jordan-fenton, Margaret Pokiak-fentonIllustratorLiz Amini-holmes

Paperback | June 3, 2010

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The moving memoir of an Inuit girl who emerges from a residential school with her spirit intact.

Eight-year-old Margaret Pokiak has set her sights on learning to read, even though it means leaving her village in the high Arctic. Faced with unceasing pressure, her father finally agrees to let her make the five-day journey to attend school, but he warns Margaret of the terrors of residential schools.

At school Margaret soon encounters the Raven, a black-cloaked nun with a hooked nose and bony fingers that resemble claws. She immediately dislikes the strong-willed young Margaret. Intending to humiliate her, the heartless Raven gives gray stockings to all the girls -- all except Margaret, who gets red ones. In an instant Margaret is the laughingstock of the entire school.

In the face of such cruelty, Margaret refuses to be intimidated and bravely gets rid of the stockings. Although a sympathetic nun stands up for Margaret, in the end it is this brave young girl who gives the Raven a lesson in the power of human dignity.

Complemented by archival photos from Margaret Pokiak-Fenton's collection and striking artwork from Liz Amini-Holmes, this inspiring first-person account of a plucky girl's determination to confront her tormentor will linger with young readers.

Christy Jordan-Fenton lives near 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. Liz Amini-Holmes has illustrated many children's books and lives near San Francisco, California. by Chr...
Title:Fatty Legs: A True StoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 9 × 6.25 × 0.44 inPublished:June 3, 2010Publisher:Annick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554512468

ISBN - 13:9781554512461

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from well written crazy to think this is real
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the time to read... For me, this hit close to home. Knowing things that have not been shared by my family to save us the "pain of knowing" but definitely has made me more aware of what has shaped so many friends and family members.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such important book. I read this book for school and pleasure.I love the graphics and felt the book really gave me insight of the tragic events. I think it is incredble and brutal honest. I think the younger readers can find the understanding and truth behind residential schools since the schools theses days do not teach enough about this topic that everyone needs to know and experience about. This may be a mundane book, yet it gives door open to start a conversation.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK Read it for a class, thought it was pretty mundane. The illustrations are nice though.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's ok Thought I would enjoy this book more than I did. Has some good information and a really young reader may like it but I found the message was too simply conveyed.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well done I bought this book to read with my grade 5's as we discuss Canadian history and the harm caused by residential schools. This book was easy for students to understand and pairs well with When I was Eight or As Long as the Rivers Flow.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very powerful This is an excellent novel to teach children about residential schools. The novel discusses shocking events, but in a way that it is easy for children to understand.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Very informative and a true story!
Date published: 2016-11-14

Editorial Reviews

But more than a story of triumph, Fatty Legs fills a teaching resource void for middle readers, especially in recent years as Canada has worked to become more familiar and empathetic with what happened in residential schools.