Monday, August 21, 2017 2018 Releases, 4 helms, Children's Books, Reviews

Fish-Boy by Vanita Oelschlager

Fish-Boy by Vanita OelschlagerFish-Boy by Vanita Oelschlager
Published by Vanita Books on May 1st 2018
Genres: Children's Books
Pages: 25
Format: Ebook
Source: Netgalley ARC
4 Stars

The Arctic region of North America is a land of long days, icy cold, hardy people and peculiar creatures. The Inuit people there have made traditional use of remarkable folk tales to find truth and explain the mysteries of an astonishing world.

In Fish-Boy, An Inuit Folk Tale, Vanita Oelschlager retells a tale passed down by a wise old Inuit. It's an origin story involving a little magic and a very odd boy with a large heart for friendship. On a journey with his new father, he must confront misfortune and the malice of cold hearted villagers. But he has a way.. and a lesson for all in the virtues of kindness and hospitality.

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Cute little Inuit story by Vanita Oelschlager. Never really heard of this author but thought it would be interesting to request the book on NetGalley. Glad I did as I discovered a new author and Vanita Books (Vanita’s publishing house) donates 100% of its proceeds to The Oak Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis which is such a generous and worthy cause!

Fish-Boy is a children’s book, told in a style of an Inuit folklore tale (unsure if this folk tale is a real one or not?) which brings up themes of friendship, kindness and hospitality. Great as a bedtime story for the kids or as a great teaching tool for teachers. A nice storyline with important and strong morals and values. There are discussion points towards the end of the book too which are great as reminders to discuss the story with the kids. Beautiful illustrations with bold and striking colours which are easy on the eyes and a pleasure to look at. Lovely hand drawn maps of the Diomedes Islands and St. Lawrence Island is also included to showcase the land of the Inuits.

Having travelled to Finnish Lapland earlier on this year, my husband and I got a chance to learn a little about the Sami people (indigenous Finno-Ugric people) and their culture. We were also lucky enough to catch Arctic Odyssey at the Finland National Theatre, a combination of cross-border artists from different parts of the Arctic region who banded together to reflect and share their experiences and memories. A combination of Inuit masked dance, Arctic songs, modern Sami poetry and Chukchi myths brought awareness of such fragile cultures to the interest of adults.

Luckily for the kids they don’t have to wait long to be educated about the Inuits, as Vanita brings a part of the Arctic north into your children’s world through this story raising awareness of the Inuit people and their folklore combined with important strong themes to make this book a must-have in your children’s library.

*Thank-you Vanita Oelschlager, Netgalley & Vanita Books for the ARC.

About Vanita Oelschlager

Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, former teacher, current caregiver and, for almost ten years, author and poet.

She was born and raised near Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she currently serves as a Trustee.

She has also supported and helped Jim as he built Oak Associates, ltd. into a successful investment management firm.

Today, as an accomplished author, Vanita shares openly the experiences that she, Jim and their families have had with multiple sclerosis. She has likened MS to living with an elephant, one that won’t go away or be ignored. Together, she and Jim have found ways to live with this “elephant”, and to share some of the larger lessons about life they’ve learned through the disease.

VanitaBooks publishes books for children ages 4-8 that are short tales teaching a moral or value. Each book presents a dilemma or fear that a child may have, and resolves those issues through the loving and reassuring guidance of a parent, or through the plot of the story itself. VanitaBooks donates all net profits to charities where “people help people help themselves.”

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