My Wounded Island by Jacques PasquetMy Wounded Island by Jacques Pasquet

My Wounded Island

byJacques PasquetIllustratorMarion ArbonaTranslated bySophie B. Watson

Hardcover | August 29, 2017

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There's an invisible creature in the waves around Sarichef. It is altering the lives of the Iñupiat people who call the island home. A young girl and her family are forced to move to the center of the island for refuge from the rising sea level. Soon the entire village will have to relocate to the mainland. Heartbroken, the young girl and her grandfather worry: what else will be lost when they are forced to abandon their homes and their community?

Addressing the topic of climate refugees, My Wounded Island is based on the challenges faced by the Iñupiat people who live on the small islands north of the Bering Strait near the Arctic Circle.
Title:My Wounded IslandFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:32 pages, 9 × 9 × 0.38 inShipping dimensions:9 × 9 × 0.38 inPublished:August 29, 2017Publisher:Orca Book PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1459815653

ISBN - 13:9781459815650

Appropriate for ages: 6

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Climate Change Book My Wounded Island by Jacques Parquet, illustrated by Marion Arbona and translated by Sophie B. Watson and published by Orca Book Publishers is the sad story of an island slowly disappearing into the sea. A little girl lives on the Island of Sarichef near the Arctic Circle. Her village, Shishmaref, is home of the Inupiat people, her people who have lived there for generations but who will inevitably have to abandon the place of their ancestors because of the invisible monster lurking in the sea waters around the island. They will be forced to move, become climate change refugees, but what will become of their traditions and their ways if they are forced away from their home? A beautifully illustrated and haunting examination of the impact of climate change, especially in the Arctic. Sarichef is a real island in the Bering Strait near the Arctic Circle. The melting of the pack ice has caused soil erosion, flooding, and the loss of protection against storms. It's sinking into the sea. In 2016 the community voted to move to the mainland but the costs associated with the move and the long term viability of the proposed new site are all in question. This story forces us to examine how we are living and the things we can change in order to slow climate change, including acknowledging that it exists and is a real threat. This storybook is the perfect jumping off book to lead to discussions of environmental stewardship.
Date published: 2017-11-07

Editorial Reviews

&quotSure to evoke serious conversation&#8230Ms. Arbona's mixed media illustrations match the tone perfectly.&quot