A Sled Dog for Moshi
Illustrated by Germaine Arnatauyok.
Preschool - grade 2 / Ages 4 - 7.
When Moshi walked in the back door of her house, she found her father standing in the middle of the kitchen. Melting snow dripped from his sealskin boots, called kamiks, onto the floor. His mittened hand held a pail of frozen fish for the dogs. "Nuna's gone," her father said angrily. "I went out to feed the dogs, and she wasn't there!" "Don't worry," Moshi's mother said gently as she held Moshi's youngest brother on her lap. "She'll be back in the morning when she's hungry. You've had dogs get away before." Her father frowned. "I don't want anything to happen to her. She's my best dog, and her pups will be born soon. Those pups will be worth a lot of money someday."
This contemporary story is set in the remote northern village of Iqaluit on Baffin Island. Jessica, a girl from New York City, has a cute little dog, and her Inuk friend, Moshi, wishes for a pet dog of her own. Nuna, one of Moshi's father's sled dogs, is expecting, and Moshi asks her dad for a puppy. But he explains that the dogs are needed for work and not to learn tricks.
Lorraine Douglas is Youth Services Coordinator for the Winnipeg Public Library.
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