Charlie and the Blanket Toss (Paperback)
Alaska Northwest Books, 9781941821664, 32pp.
Publication Date: June 15, 2015
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.
About the Author
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 excited about reading, writing, and art. www.triciabrownbooks.com Sarah Martinsen is an artist/illustrator living and working in Barrow, Alaska. She participates yearly in the Nalukataq festivities and has experienced firsthand the blanket toss and the fear and excitement that comes with it!