ᑎᑎᕋᖅᑐᖅ ᓲᓴᓐ ᐊᕕᖖᒐᖅ | ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᑐᖅ ᓵᓖᓐ ᓱᐊ
ᓲᓴᒃᑯᒃ ᐊᖓᔪᒌᒃ, ᐅᓖᐱᑲᒃᑯᒃ ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᒋᔭᖃᖅᐳᒃ ᐊᓈᓇᒥᖕᓂᒃ ᑕᐅᑑᔭᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᓄᓇᖅᑲᑎᒋᖖᒋᑕᒥᓄᑦ. ᐊᓈᓇᖕᒐ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᑯᓗᖕᒥᒃ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᑎᖃᕋᒥ ᐊᓐᓂᕆᒐᒥᐅᒡᓗ ᐸᐸᑐᑦᑎᐊᖅᐸᒃᖢᓂᐅᒃ ᕿᔪᖁᑎᒥᓃᑎᑉᐸᒃᖢᓂᐅᒃ.
ᐅᓪᓗᖅᑕᖃᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᕗᖅ, ᐊᓈᓇᖓ ᐊᓂᖕᒪᑦ ᓄᓇᖅᑲᑎᒥᓂᒃ ᐃᑲᔪᕆᐊᖅᖢᓂ, ᓲᓴᒃᑯᑦ, ᐅᓖᐱᑲ, ᐲᑕᓗ ᓇᔪᖅᖠᖃᑕᐅᓕᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᐊᑖᑕᑎᒃ ᐃᓚᒋᓪᓗᒍ. ᐱᙳᐊᑲᑕᓚᐅᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᐱᙳᐊᖅᐸᒃᑕᒥᖕᓂᒃ ᐃᕿᐊᙳᕋᒥᒃ ᓱᔭᒃᓴᖃᕈᓐᓃᖅᖢᑎᒃ–ᐊᓱᐃᓛᒡᓕ ᐊᑖᑕᖓᑦ ᓴᖅᑭᑦᑎᓪᓗᓂ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᒻᒥᒃ! ᓲᓴᓐ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᑲᑕᒃᖢᓂ, ᑎᑎᕋᐅᑦ ᓇᐃᒡᓕᕙᓪᓕᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅᐳᖅ. ᖃᓄᐃᓕᓂᐊᖅᐸᓕ ᐊᓈᓇᖓ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᕈᓂ?
ᓲᓴᓐ ᐊᕕᙵᐅᑉ ᓄᑕᕋᐅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐃᖅᑲᐅᒪᔭᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᒡᓗᒦᑉᐸᓱᖓᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑐᙵᕕᖃᖅᖢᓂ, ᑖᓐᓇ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅ ᓄᑕᖅᑲᓂᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᑎᑦᑎᒋᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᐅᖅᓱᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥᒃ.
Written by Susan Avingaq (with Maren Vsetula) | Illustrated by Charlene Chua
Susan and her sister, Rebecca, love watching their mother write letters to people in other camps. Their mother has one precious pencil, and she keeps it safe in her box for special things.
One afternoon, Mom leaves the iglu to help a neighbour, and Susan, Rebecca, and their brother Peter are left with their father. They play all their regular games but are soon out of things to do—until Dad brings out the pencil! As Susan draws and draws, the pencil grows shorter and shorter. What will Mom think when she comes home?
Based on author Susan Avingaq’s childhood memories of growing up in an iglu, this charming story introduces young readers to the idea of using things wisely.