In Kayak Girl, a young child learns to cope with serious loss through the keen love of her grandfather's hand and heart. After Jana's mother dies, she becomes withdrawn and uninterested in playing outside with her friends, and helping her father catch fish for the family. Her grandfather, a carver, pays Jana a visit and carves a figure of a girl in a kayak. He asks Jana to promise to go down to th...
Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 1 - 2
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: University of Alaska Press (September 15, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
Amazon Rank: 3254683
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Jana, a young Eskimo girl, is too tired to do the things that she did in the past. Since her mother died, Jana spends most of her time in her room looking out the cabin window.One day, her grandfather comes from a village far up the river for a visit...
eryday, and watch for Kayak Girl after he releases her into the water from his village far upriver.Through the following seasons, Jana goes to the river daily and finds strength in the positive memories from her short time with her mother, even as she imagines the distant kayak girl's struggles. After many trials, Jana and Kayak Girl are reunited, and Jana's spirit is revived. Throughout the book, watercolor illustrations take readers to a magical place along an Alaska river and demonstrate the power of memory and a sense of place in the natural world.