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When I was eight / Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton ; art by Gabrielle Grimard.

By: Jordan-Fenton, Christy.
Contributor(s): Grimard, Gabrielle, 1975- [illustrator.] | Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret [author.].
Material type: TextTextDescription: 32 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781554514915; 1554514916; 9781554514908; 1554514908; 9781554515318; 1554515319.Uniform titles: Fatty legs Subject(s): Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret -- Childhood and youth -- Juvenile literature | Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret -- Childhood and youth | Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret -- Enfance et jeunesse -- Ouvrages pour la jeunesse | Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret | Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret | Inuit women -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Inuit -- Canada | Off-reservation boarding schools -- Canada | Inuit women -- Biography | Inuit -- Canada -- Residential schools -- Juvenile literature | Internats pour Inuits -- Canada -- Ouvrages pour la jeunesse | Femmes inuites -- Biographies -- Ouvrages pour la jeunesse | Indigenous peoples in Canada | Inuit women | Inuit -- Canada | Women -- BiographyGenre/Form: Picture books for children. | Biographies. | Biography. | Illustrated works. | Juvenile works. | Biographies. | Illustrated works.Additional physical formats: When I was eight.DDC classification: 371.829 LOC classification: E99.E7 | P577 2013Other classification: cci1icc | coll6 | coll8 | coll13 Issued also in electronic format.Christy Jordan-Fenton; Gabrielle Grimard; Margaret Pokiak-Fenton.Summary: This book chronicles the unbreakable spirit of an Inuit girl while attending an Arctic residential school.
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CML Dewey University of Texas At Tyler
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371.829 J82ei (Browse shelf) Available 0000002247179

"Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, When I was eight makes the best-selling Fatty legs accessible to children"--Page 4 of cover.

Has sequel: Not my girl.

Christy Jordan-Fenton; Gabrielle Grimard; Margaret Pokiak-Fenton.

This book chronicles the unbreakable spirit of an Inuit girl while attending an Arctic residential school.

Issued also in electronic format.

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-This condensed, illustrated version of Fatty Legs (Annick, 2010) brings the power of literacy to even younger children. An eight-year-old Inuit child from Banks Island in far northern Canada desperately wanted to learn to read English like her older sister, but her father refused to let her attend the Indian Residential School. However, her persistent pleading wore away his resistance, and he consented. They made the five-day trek to the Catholic-run school where Olemaun was stripped of her Native identity-her hair, her clothes, even her name. She was allowed to keep only her beloved copy of Alice in Wonderland. Renamed Margaret, she clung to her desire to learn to read, enduring humiliation and harsh treatment from cruel nuns and unkind classmates. She instinctively knew that literacy was powerful, and she used it to give her courage and "to carry [her] far away from the laughter." In a showdown with a nun, Margaret defied the insensitive teacher, who in turn tried to humiliate Margaret by demanding that she read a difficult passage aloud in class. However, she read without hesitation and triumphed. "There was no stopping me" is an accurate description of what happens when someone-child or adult-learns to read. Sprinkled throughout are details of Inuit life. The beautiful, expressive watercolor illustrations depict Margaret's journey from her village to the misery of residential school to her success. This book is a small but powerful reminder of the freedom that literacy brings.-Lisa Crandall, formerly at the Capital Area District Library, Holt, MI (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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<p> Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton are the authors of Fatty Legs and A Stranger at Home . They live in Fort St. John, BC.</p> <p> Gabrielle Grimard has illustrated numerous books for children. She lives in Quebec.</p>

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