Nala's Magical Mitsiaq: A Story of Inuit Adoption

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Leng, Qin
By (author): Noah, Jennifer
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Adoption
Audience: children/juvenile
Publisher: Inhabit Media
Published: May 2013
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 32
Size: 9.00in x 7.00in x 0.25in
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$ 10.95
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From The Publisher*

Adoption among Inuit families, known as Inuit custom adoption, is a unique and age-old practice that sees families within Nunavut placing children with adoptive parents in the community as they see fit. This tradition remains a celebrated part of Inuit culture and identity to this day.
Nala's Magical Mitsiaq tells the story of how Nala and Qiatsuk became sisters through Inuit custom adoption. This story, lovingly based on the author's own family, explains the unique process of custom adoption and introduces kids to the importance of adoption within Inuit culture. Adorable illustrations and heartfelt text bring this tale of family love to life for readers both familiar and unfamiliar with this unique cultural tradition.

Biographical Note

Jennifer Noah is a first-time author who grew up in the south but always had a fondness for the North. She would often write short stories about Inuit children in her primary school years. Jennifer moved to Iqaluit in her midtwenties, where she continued her work in the field of mental health and addictions counselling. She later transitioned into a youth health researcher role, where she worked collaboratively with communities to develop an evidence-based model for youth wellness and empowerment programs in Nunavut that reflect Nunavummiut voices, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, and Inuit values. Through her work, she was privileged to hear stories and wisdom from many Nunavummiut. She enjoys watching youth discovering a deeper understanding of Inuit culture and traditions as they listen to the stories and wisdom of their elders. Jennifer and her husband have two children, one of whom was traditionally custom adopted through family. She delights in spending time with her daughters as she watches them learn and grow. Jennifer hopes to continue writing for children and sharing the rich knowledge and traditions of Inuit through her written work.
Qin Leng was born in Shanghai and lived in France and Montreal. She now lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto. Her father, an artist himself, was a great influence on her. She grew up surrounded by paintings, and it became second nature for her to express herself through art. She graduated from The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and artwork. Qin Leng always loved to illustrate the innocence of children and has developed a passion for children's books. She has published numerous picture books in Canada, the United States, and South Korea.