Kidlik’s Kayak

by Terry Shannon
Rated 4.6 out of 5

Caught the interest of a reluctant reader

Rated 5 out of 5
February 25, 2021

I loved Kidlik’s Kayak because it is informative and goes into great detail of what it’s like living in the Arctic and how everyone has to do their part. This is a really good book!
-Jed, 11
I will add that I handed this book to Jed when he really did not feel like reading (which for him is most days). The next day he was excitedly pointing out amazing facts. He expressed that he had no idea it could be so interesting. FABULOUS!!!


Great coming of age story

Rated 5 out of 5
May 14, 2021

Great story about becoming a man and taking your place in the village. Great adventure story and great lessons learned to prove you can contribute to the family and village to survive and thrive.


Great adventure!

Rated 4 out of 5
May 10, 2021

Kidlik’s kayak is a great story but what I really enjoyed was the small pictures on the sides of the pages describing different aspects of Kidlik’s culture and life. Cool book!

Petra S.

Educational Adventure Story with Fantastic Illustrations

Rated 5 out of 5
April 30, 2021

Both my daughter and son loved this story. We did a Native American unit study and Kidlik’s Kayak fit perfectly with our time learning about the Inuit culture. The illustrations for this story are fantastic and are more than just depictions of what is happening in the story. Many of them are informational and helped my kids understand key vocabulary and imagine the unfamiliar setting. The adventure story kept them engaged while learning about Inuit life at the same time. It is perfect for level 3 students to read independently with some help for pronunciations.

Megan Y.

Boy as main character

Rated 2 out of 5
March 3, 2021

My 7 -year old daughter read this over the phone to her grandmother. She rated this only 2 stars, because she said she has read too many books in a row that have a boy as the main character, “too many boys” in her opinion. “I mean I liked it, there’s just been too many boys. I liked Over the Hills to Nugget better.” (As a mother of a son, I DO appreciate the wonderful male and female characters! I will come back and rate this myself, if ever I get the chance to read it.)

Becky Lingen
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Level 3

Kidlik tried to guide the boat toward the shore. . . . But despite his strongest paddling, they were carried farther and farther down the coast. . . . Now it took all of Kidlik’s skill to guide the boat between masses of floating ice.

Kidlik and his younger brother, Tocktu, are excited to make the long journey by themselves to the icy sealing grounds of the Arctic to hunt for provisions for their family. Come along on this exciting story as Kidlik, no longer a little boy, seeks to prove himself and battles the dangers that await.

Full color

53 pages

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