Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Blessing's Bead by Debby Dahl Edwardson

Link for the book @ publisher:
http://us.macmillan.com/fsgyoungreaders.aspx

Age range 10 and up, 192 pages, Fiction, Young Adult,

The authors website:
http://www.debbydahledwardson.com/
The authors blog:
http://www.debbydahledwardson.com/blog.htm
This book was borrowed from the library for the purpose of reading/reviewing.



Blessing's Bead is a multi generational story of two young girls from different time periods that live in the Arctic Circle.
In the first story Nutaaq and her older sister Aaluk are traveling to a trade fair. The sisters are close, their bond is strong. The time period is the early 20th Century. They live in the Arctic Circle and they are Inupiaq--Eskimo Inuit Native Americans. A Siberian young man that is wearing blue beads has his eye on Aaluk. Nutaaq is watching their interest in one another. The trade fair is an event that they all look forward to, the ability to meet and socialize with others and trade their goods is necessary. Historical events will take place and life changes for these two sisters.
Many years later another young girl named Blessing is traveling with her brother to live with their great grandmother at the Arctic Circle. They had been living in Anchorage, but were taken away when their mother was no longer able to care for them. Life in the Arctic Circle is a challenge, yet there is a strong bond with their great grandmother. Blessing finds a blue bead and her great grandmother shares with her the story.

I loved this story! It was hard for me to put this book down, I finished reading this book in just a few hours.
The book gave me a perfect picture image in my mind of what life is like living in the Arctic Circle. The vivid imagery made it easy for me to feel the icy cold weather.
This is a people group and a part of the world that I knew little about and I am glad that I read this book.
I loved the blending of the two stories together, and the effect on the generations.
I loved the depth of love and selflessness shown in the families.
The writing is simple and easy to understand and read. 
The book would be an excellent tool to use in the classroom.



Blissful Reading!
Annette

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