CM . . . . Volume XXIII Number 14 . . . . December 9, 2016
Kamik Joins the Pack is a story about a young boy named Jake who lives in Northern Canada and who has a puppy he desperately wants to train to become a leader of his own dogsled team. To learn more about what you need to do to train the dogs, take care of them, and be able to maintain the equipment required to participate in the sport, Jake takes his dog to see his uncle who already has an established team.
This book is very well-written and explains clearly to children that there is more involved with being a dog owner than just playing with them, including that dogs rely on people to survive and we cannot decide not to take care of them one day if we don't feel like it. It also illustrates that, when you have a dream to do something and you find out that goal will be hard to achieve, it is important to remember that you don't have to learn everything in one day. You can learn as you go and figure it out one step at a time.
The illustrations in Kamik Joins the Pack are really beautifully drawn and use a primarily white and blue background to represent the snowy landscape found in Northern Canada. The subjects of the illustrations are drawn in clean bright colours that stand out in contrast to the backgrounds. The text, however, is a grey colour and a little bit light. The font is a hand written style which might be difficult to follow for a young child first learning to read.
Alison Schroeder has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba and is a lover of children's books.
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